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Western Chokecherry vs White Meadowsweet

Prunus virginiana var. demissa

Spiraea alba

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Western Chokecherry
White Meadowsweet

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.

White Meadowsweet is a woody, deciduous shrub that begins to bloom in early summer with small white and pink flowers. Its foliage turns from a light green into an attractive golden-yellow later in the fall.

The White Meadowsweet, also known as Mead-Wort or Bride-Wort, is favored by birds and butterflies but is largely ignored by deer. They produce small brown berries in the summer, and while they are technically edible, they are not sweet and are more desired by wildlife.

WESTERN CHOKECHERRY QUICK FACTS

WHITE MEADOWSWEET QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $5.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish-purple
Fall colour: golden yellow
Berries: edible, astringent, red-purple
Flowers: white, small
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: high



Toxicity: toxic to horses, cattle, etc.)


Other Names: bitter-berry, chokecherry, common chokecherry, virginia bird berry
Other Names: mead wort, meadowsweet, narrowleaf meadowsweet, pale bridewort, pipestem