|Common Name(s)||Choke Cherry, Bitter-Berry, Virginia Bird Cherry|
|Scientific Name||Prunus virginiana|
|Flowering Period||April through July|
|Identifying Characteristics||Grows 5m tall|
- Small tree or shrub native to North America.
- Oval-shaped and about 3-10cm long
- Smooth but not glossy
- Small white flowers
- Cherries are about 1cm in diameter
- Range from red to black in color
- Grow in mid-may
- Berries are somewhat edible to humans
- Bright red berries have more of a bitter or astringent taste than the darker red or black ones
- A staple in the diet of Native Americans
- Seeds edible
- Various dyes extracted from fruits and leaves
- Used to craft wine in the Midwest
- Berries called “bird cherries” because they are generally eaten by birds
“Prunus virginiana- L.”. Plants For A Future. Web.
“Prunus virginiana L. chokecherry”. USDA NRCS. Web.
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