Choke Cherry, also known as Chokecherry, Virginia Bird Cherry and Western Chokecherry (Prunus Virginiana) is a small tree in the Rose Family (Rosaceae). It’s native to North America, blooms May-Jun and grows 15-25 ft. It’s commonly found in forests and savannas; likes moist to dry soils and partial shade to full sun exposure.
Choke Cherry blooms after leafing out. Cherries taste bitter but are known to be edible; leaves however are toxic to horses, cattle, goats and deer (animals with segmented stomachs).
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