Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Chokecherry

Prunus virginiana
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

20 to
30
feet

Spread:

18 to
25
feet
Size
Height: 20 to
30
feet
Spread: 18 to
25
feet
Size
Height: 20 to
30
feet
Spread: 18 to
25
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Ornamental, used for erosion control,screen/shelter,good wildlife cover & food. Fruit can be used in jellies, pies and wine making.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Can be grown in shade as an understory shrub, but will fruit best in full sun. Tolerant of many soils, including high pH & clay, drought tolerant.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Small suckering tree or large shrub with attractive white flowers on 3-6″ long clusters in spring. Fruit is red, ripening to purple in fall. Grow as a screen or as an understory planting as it has unusual shade tolerance for a cherry. Forms large upright clumps.

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