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At a Glance: A shrub or small tree, often forming dense thickets, with dark red or blackish edible chokecherries.
Height: 12′-36′ in height
Branches: Upright deciduous shrub or small tree
Leaves: The leaves are in opposite pairs, egg or broadly lance shaped, serrated and pointed at the tips. A light to dark green in color.
Flowers: Dense conical clusters of white flowers.
Fruits: As the common name suggests, chokecherries are astringent or puckery, especially when immature or raw; but they can be made into preserves and jelly. Red fruits ripening to dark purple from August to September.
Appeal: Chokecherry is widely regarded as an important wildlife food plant and provides habitat, watershed protection, and species diversity. Fruits, leaves, and twigs are utilized. Large mammals including bears, moose, coyotes, bighorn sheep, pronghorn , elk , and deer use chokecherry as browse. Chokecherry is also a food source for small mammals. The fruits are important food for many birds.
Livestock warning: New growth, wilted leaves, or plant parts that are injured by frost or drought are poisonous to cattle and humans. The toxin, hydrocyanic acid, is formed in the animals stomach. Hydrocyanic acid quickly affects animals and causes difficulty in breathing, slow pulse, dilated pupils, staggering and loss of consciousness before death. Chokecherry toxicity is highest during the spring and summer; however, leaves are non-toxic by the time fruits mature.
Ethnobotany: Native peoples and settlers used chokecherry bark and roots to make sedatives, blood-fortifying tonics, appetite stimulants and medicinal teas for treating coughs, tuberculosis, malaria, stomachaches and intestinal worms.
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