Virginia bird cherry
Prunus virginiana, Hardiness : Zone 3
Other names
Chokecherry, Bitter-berry, western chokecherry
Category
Berry tree or shrub
Availability
1 year old, naked roots 8.00$
Features
Height X Width
5.0m high
Foliage
-
Flowering
-
Fruits
Bird cherries, astringent, wine seasoning
Resistances
-
Sun exposure
-
Soil type
-
Edible parts
Fruit
Pollination
Needs another plant nearby to bear fruits
For more details, see our articles on pollination
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Description, from Wikipedia

Chokecherry is a suckering shrub or small tree growing to 1–6 m (3 ft 3 in–19 ft 8 in) tall, rarely to 10 m (32 ft 10 in). The leaves are oval, 2.5–9.0 cm (1.0–3.5 in) long and 1.2–5 cm (0.5–2.0 in) wide, with a serrated margin.

The flowers are produced in racemes 4–11 cm (1.6–4.3 in) long in late spring (well after leaf emergence). They are 8–13 mm (0.31–0.51 in) across.

The fruits (drupes) are about 6–14 mm (0.24–0.55 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.