The Chokecherries are flowering in Minnesota right now, and it's hard to miss their long tubular-shaped clusters (racemes) of white flowers.
Chokecherries fall between a large shrub and small tree in size. Large ones can get about 25 feet in height but more commonly you will see them range from 8-15 feet.
Chokecherry is an important native shrub/tree for wildlife. The early blooming flowers are sought out by many pollinators including flies and bees. The dark blue/black fruit (drupe) matures in early September and is sought out by many birds.
Chokecherries can turn a number of brilliant colors in the fall from bright yellow to orange to red. Locally, in oak woodlands where buckthorn eradication techniques have been employed, Chokecherries are one of the first native woody species to reemerge after the Buckthorn has been eradicated.
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) tree, the flower forms are almost identical but Black Cherries flower a little later in the spring.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program
(BONAP). 2011. North American Plant Atlas .
Chapel Hill, N.C.
See map for native range in North America.