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Western Chokecherry vs Russian Almond

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Prunus tenella

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Western Chokecherry
Russian Almond

Western Chokecherry is a shrub or small tree commonly used for farmstead and field windbreaks.

It produces white flowers in the spring and edible dark purple fruit that matures between September and October. Its cherries are great for making for making jams and jellies (or wine), but are not very palatable for raw eating.

Russian Almond is a low maintenance, short, slightly suckering shrub. It is covered with attractive, bright pink flowers in early spring before its foliage emerges.

This hardy species forms dense thickets attracts wildlife. Russian Almond prefers full sun and well-drained soils, but can tolerate moist soils.

The nuts it produces are quite attractive but very small. They are bitter and possibly toxic in large quantities.

Check out our YouTube channel video of the Russian Almond here.

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

RUSSIAN ALMOND QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Berries: edible small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine
Flowers: bright pink flowers in spring
Bark: smooth brick red bark
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: 20 years
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high



Toxicity: toxic to animals with segmented stomachs (horses, cattle, deer moose, etc.)


Other Names: bitter-berry, chokecherry, common chokecherry, virginia bird berry
Other Names: dwarf russian almond


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no