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Western Chokecherry vs Western Snowberry

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

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(new stock expected: fall of 2020)

Western Chokecherry
Western Snowberry

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.

Like the Common Snowberry, the Western Snowberry is a small shrub with pink flowers useful for feeding livestock and preventing erosion. Unlike the common species, however, the Western Snowberry is much more suited to wet conditions, capable of persevering through poor soil drainage and occasional flooding.

After the Snowberry's flowers have bloomed, it produces berries which often last on the plant through winter. These berries are toxic to humans, but livestock and local wildlife love them! Those hoping to attract wildlife to their property can plant Snowberry and expect to see animals foraging on it much later in the year than other plants.

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $3.49 - SAVE UP TO 30%
Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
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
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium



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

Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans

Other Names: bitter-berry, chokecherry, common chokecherry, virginia bird berry
Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry


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