Prunus virginiana

Deciduous small tree that grows 6′-15′ tall with white to pinkish flowers in late spring and dark purple to black fruits. Needs full sun to produce a good crop of the sour red-black cherries much loved by wild animals and birds. CAUTION-leaves are extremely toxic to grazing animals!

choke cherry inflorescence

Photo credit: Rob Routledge

choke cherry fruit

Photo credit: Paul Wray

choke cherry leaf

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

  • choke cherry inflorescence
  • choke cherry fruit
  • choke cherry leaf

Plant Details

Mature Height:
8-15’
Shade Preference:
Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Wet to dry soils
Special Uses:
Attracts birds; Provides wildlife forage, cover and food.