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      Close-up Common Chokecherry berries (Prunus virginiana). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native small tree available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Close-up Common Chokecherry flower (Prunus virginiana). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Close-up Common Chokecherry leaves and berries (Prunus virginiana). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native small tree available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Close-up Common Chokecherry flower (Prunus virginiana). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
      Common Chokecherry winter twig form in winter (Prunus virginiana). Another stunning Pacific Northwest native plant available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

      Common Chokecherry

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      Prunus virginiana

      • Size at maturity: 12-30' tall, 15-20' wide
      • Canopy layer: small tree
      • Light requirements: full sun, part-sun/part-shade
      • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
      • Growth rate: medium
      • Special features: medicinal, wildlife favorite

      The Common Chokecherry is found in many parts of North America in various forms. In the spring it produces 3–5” long clusters of showy white flowers. The edible fruits are dark purple or black, and are very sour. They may be used for jam or wine. Bear, birds and small animals also eat the fruits, and deer and elk graze on the young foliage. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

       

      Photo Credit 1: "Common Chokeberry (Prunus virginiana)" by wackybadger is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

      Photo Credit 2: "Prunus virginiana" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

      Photo Credit 3: "Prunus virginiana" by leighannemcc is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

      Photo Credit 4: "Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana" by Rocky Mountain National Park is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

      Photo Credit 5: "Prunus virginiana" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0