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Prunus virginianaPrunus virginiana

choke cherry

Photograph(s) by*: RHW


Height: 25-50'
Spread: 20-35'
Flowers: May-Jun.; white
Fruit: Aug.-Sept.; red, black, or yellow; fleshy
Fall color: dark red-purple

Conditions *

Light: Full sun
Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: 5.2-8.4
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy


open sites in moist soils; pioneer species after fires;

Native to

Region: Mountain *
States: MD WV VA PA NY


Butterfly *


fast growing, short lived; fruit sometimes used for making jelly

 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
Last updated: 1 October 2004