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chokecherry

Prunus virginiana

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low - medium
full sun - part shade
upright, spreading
to 20'
white
spring

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E. Conrad

Here's some Spring foliage. Chokecherries are pleasing regardless of season.
Here's some Spring foliage. Chokecherries are pleasing regardless of season.

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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These little berries are terrific for preserving
These little berries are terrific for preserving

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Fiery red fall color
Fiery red fall color

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Here's some Spring foliage. Chokecherries are pleasing regardless of season.
Here's some Spring foliage. Chokecherries are pleasing regardless of season.

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Every yard should have a chokecherry. It's a tall, thicket-forming species providing excellent privacy when in leaf. Leaves are large and dark green, turning yellow, red, and every shade between when fall rolls around. Fancy long drooping flower spikes eventually yield strings of deep red cherries that can be turned into delicious wine and jelly. Migrating and over-wintering birds will devour the berries you can't reach. Established chokecherries tolerate substantial drought, but give them a little extra water for a few years to achieve hedge-appropriate height.