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Prunus virginiana
CHOKE CHERRY

SKU: 2019-003
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Prunus virginiana, commonly called bitter-berry, chokecherry, Virginia bird cherry, and western chokecherry, is native to North America.

Chokecherry is a shrub or small tree growing to 1–6 metres (3 feet 3 inches – 19 feet 8 inches) tall, with a trunk as thick as 30 centimetres (12 in). The flowers are produced in late spring.

The fruits (drupes) are about 6–14 mm (1⁄4–1⁄2 in) in diameter, range in color from bright red to black, and possess a very astringent taste, being both somewhat sour and somewhat bitter. They get darker and marginally sweeter as they ripen. They each contain a large stone.

Chokecherries are very high in antioxidant pigment compounds, such as anthocyanins.

The natural historic range of P. virginiana includes most of Canada (including Northwest Territories, but excluding Yukon, Nunavut, and Labrador), most of the United States (including Alaska, but excluding some states in the Southeast), and northern Mexico.

Many wildlife, including birds and game animals, eat the berries. Moose, elk, mountain sheep, deer and rabbits eat the foliage, twigs, leaves, and buds. Deer and elk sometimes browse the twigs. The leaves serve as food for caterpillars of various Lepidoptera.

Type: Hardy tree

Hardiness zones: 2-7, possibly as low as zone 0.

Note: The seeds and leaves of prunus contain poisons.

Germination: Start these seeds indoors right away for best germination rates.  Sow the seeds just under the surface of a seed-start mix, and water in. First keep them at room temperature for 4 months. This helps break the phytohormones which inhibit germination.  Then cover them with plastic to retain moisture, and then place in a fridge for 4 months. Be sure they stay lightly moist. Then bring them to approximately 21°C, 70°F for germination.

Prunus virginiana
CHOKE CHERRY

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Description

Prunus virginiana, commonly called bitter-berry, chokecherry, Virginia bird cherry, and western chokecherry, is native to North America.

Chokecherry is a shrub or small tree growing to 1–6 metres (3 feet 3 inches – 19 feet 8 inches) tall, with a trunk as thick as 30 centimetres (12 in). The flowers are produced in late spring.

The fruits (drupes) are about 6–14 mm (1⁄4–1⁄2 in) in diameter, range in color from bright red to black, and possess a very astringent taste, being both somewhat sour and somewhat bitter. They get darker and marginally sweeter as they ripen. They each contain a large stone.

Chokecherries are very high in antioxidant pigment compounds, such as anthocyanins.

The natural historic range of P. virginiana includes most of Canada (including Northwest Territories, but excluding Yukon, Nunavut, and Labrador), most of the United States (including Alaska, but excluding some states in the Southeast), and northern Mexico.

Many wildlife, including birds and game animals, eat the berries. Moose, elk, mountain sheep, deer and rabbits eat the foliage, twigs, leaves, and buds. Deer and elk sometimes browse the twigs. The leaves serve as food for caterpillars of various Lepidoptera.

Type: Hardy tree

Hardiness zones: 2-7, possibly as low as zone 0.

Note: The seeds and leaves of prunus contain poisons.

Germination: Start these seeds indoors right away for best germination rates.  Sow the seeds just under the surface of a seed-start mix, and water in. First keep them at room temperature for 4 months. This helps break the phytohormones which inhibit germination.  Then cover them with plastic to retain moisture, and then place in a fridge for 4 months. Be sure they stay lightly moist. Then bring them to approximately 21°C, 70°F for germination.