Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Prunus virginiana L.
Common name(s): chokecherry, choke cherry, common chokecherry
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– woody perennial
– generally flowers in late May-early June in ME
Shrub or small tree 4’-20′ tall with dark smooth bark with white horizontal lenticels. Leaves alternate, oval to lance-shaped, bright green above, paler below and sharply toothed. Flowers white, in dense clusters 3”-6” long. Fruit is dark red to black. Twigs have rank odor when crushed. Prefers moist rich soils.
– may be confused with P. serotina; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.