Prunus virginiana
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Hardiness Zone: 2-7 Height: 6-9 metres; 20-30 feet Spread: 4.5-6 metres; 15-20 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Dry to medium Wildlife: Attracts birds and butterflies Bloom Colour: White Tolerates: Dry shallow, rocky soil, drought Culture: Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Plants will sucker to form colonies in the wild. Promptly remove suckers to prevent any unwanted spread. Noteworthy Characteristics: Chokecherry is a small deciduous tree with a regular, oval-rounded crown. It may also be found in shorter heights as a large shrub. Fragrant white flowers give way to clusters of globular berries that ripen to dark purple/black in August. Fruits are technically edible, but are astringent (hence the common name) and should not be eaten off the tree. Fruits can be harvested for processing into jams, jellies, pies and sauces. Garden Uses: Shrub borders, open woodland gardens or native plant areas.