Chokecherries were an essential part of the Native American diet and grow well from Arizona to Canada. Blooms early in the spring with plumes of fragrant white flowers. Nutritious but astringent black berries ripen in the fall and are prepared as jelly, jam, syrup, fruit leather and wine. Highly drought- and disease-tolerant, they require little maintenance. They make wonderful borders and wildlife habitat.
Scientific name: Prunus virginiana
Purchase size: 4-5 ft, 2-3 yrs old
Plant hardiness zone: 2-7
Max height: 15 ft
Light: Full sun to part shade