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Plant Details

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana

Chokecherry, Choke Cherry

Scientific Name:

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana

Genus:

Prunus

Species Epithet:

virginiana

Common Name:

Chokecherry, Choke Cherry

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

“Forming clonal thickets in oak and northern hardwood forests” (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in the NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*Key)

Notes:

Var. virginiana is the only variety in NC. NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank: G4G5

Plant in Bloom

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Black Mountain, mid-May 2005
© MB Baumeister

Blooming Branches

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Black Mountain, mid-May 2005
© MB Baumeister

Branch with Bloom

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Black Mountain, mid-May 2005
© MB Baumeister

Bloom

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Black Mountain, mid-May 2005
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Bloom

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Black Mountain, mid-May 2005
© MB Baumeister

Leaf

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Black Mountain, mid-May 2005
© MB Baumeister

Berries

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Black Mountain, mid-May 2005
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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