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Western Chokecherry vs Black Elderberry

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Sambucus canadensis

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, 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

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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, astringent, red-purple
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
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: toxic to horses, cattle, 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