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Western Chokecherry vs Black Elderberry

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

(we don't know if or when this product will be restocked)

NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

Western Chokecherry
Black Elderberry

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.

Black Elderberry is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America. You can plant this shrub in moist areas and it will help stabilize your soil. You can also use it on rural properties anywhere you'd use a lilac.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Black Elderberry are poisonous to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

BLACK ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Berries: edible small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine
Berries: black
Flowers: fragrant, white and showy
Bark: gray brownish with rigid bumps
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
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.)

Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

Other Names: bitter-berry, chokecherry, common chokecherry, virginia bird berry
Other Names: american black elderberry, american elderberry, canada elderberry, common elderberry


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