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Western Chokecherry vs Robert Chokecherry

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Prunus virginiana Robert

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Western Chokecherry
Robert Chokecherry

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.

Developed in Barrhead, Alberta, the Robert Chokecherry produces very large berries (comparable to the size of grapes) with good yield.

The berries can be used for wine, jams, jellies and fresh picking, making it one of the sweeter chokecherries. Rich, red foliage make it a striking landscape addition.

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

ROBERT CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2b
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Berries: edible, astringent, red-purple
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: toxic to horses, cattle, etc.)

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

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