low, very low
late May through early June
15 to 25 ft.
15 to 20 ft.
sun, part shade
USDA zones 2-7
hardy to 10,000 ft.
Chokecherry is a large, irregular, rounded, native shrub that will sucker to form a thicket. It has shiny dark green leaves.
In spring, it grows long drooping clusters of white flowers followed by edible black fruit that attracts birds. It can be pruned regularly to form a tree.
It is very drought tolerant.
Chokecherry is a very resilient large shrub. At the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, they have grown for many years, withstanding drought and watering restrictions admirably. The flowers are beautiful when in bloom. The fruits are rather sour, but can be used in cooking.
Chokecherry sends out suckers constantly, so these need to be removed to prevent it from forming a dense thicket.
Prune out dead branches as needed. Prune out suckers regularly to maintain tree shape, if desired.