SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens - Claremont, CA and Tilden Regional Parks Botanical Garden - Berkeley, CA
Very hardy. Western Chokecherry, P. virginiana var. demissa, is native to the Pacific Coast and found in the Western U.S. Fruit is used for making jelly and syrup.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Eastern North America.
Additional Common Names
CHOKE CHERRY, COMMON CHOKECHERRY, VIRGINIA BIRD CHERRY
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 30 feet.
Width: 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Elliptic to Obovate, Medium to Dark Green, Bronze, Red, Gold, Orange or Multicolored, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Purple, Red or Black Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Furrowed or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 3 and 10; A1 - A3.
USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Caterpillars, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Rust and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus virginiana Tree Record." 1995-2019. May 26, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-virginiana >
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