Download Seed: Chokecherry seeds with fruit removed collected near Brookings, S.D. in July. (1 KB)
Download Seedling: Seedling of chokecherry planted in garden at Oak Lake Research Station near Brookings, S.D. (57 KB)
Download Vegetative: Leaves are 4-10 cm long. (71 KB)
Download Flowering: Flowers emerge after the leaves. (96 KB)
Download Fruiting: The dark purple fruit is quite bitter. (315 KB)
Native American Name
Prunus virginiana is a(n) deciduous shrub or small tree, which grows 10 m to 15 m in height. This species is commonly found rich soils, thickets, fence rows, roadsides, borders of woods, sandy and rocky soil on hillsides and ravine banks from Newfoundland to British Columbia, south to south California, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois, Maryland, and south in mountains to Georgia. The leaves are alternate ovate to broadly obovate. Prunus virginiana has white white flowers that bloom from April to May.