Vascular Plants - Rosaceae - Prunus:
Prunus virginiana
chokecherry 
Blooms: May - Early July
Habit: tree,shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Distribution: Alaska, Canada and much of the United States
Habitat: Foothills and lowlands, more common in drier areas
Species Description:

General: Deciduous, erect shrubs or small trees, 1-5 m. tall, the bark purplish-gray.
Leaves: Leaf blades elliptic to oblong-obovate, finely serrate, 4-10 cm. long, bright green and glabrous on the upper surface, paler and glabrous to pubescent beneath.
Flowers: Inflorescence a terminal, pendant, many-flowered raceme, the uniform pedicels 4-8 mm. long; calyx glabrous, the 5 lobes spreading to recurved, oval, finely glandular, 1-1.5 mm. long; petals 5, creamy white, sub-orbicular, early-deciduous, 4-6 mm. long; stamens about 25; pistil 1.
Fruits: Drupe ovoid, 8-11 mm. long, red to purple or black.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Prunus virginiana L.
Synonyms:
Padus virginiana (L.) M. Roemer

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Prunus virginiana
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Prunus virginiana specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Prunus virginiana specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Prunus virginiana treatment.

E-Flora BC: Prunus virginiana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Prunus virginiana images.

USDA Plants Database: Prunus virginiana.
Additional photographs of Prunus virginiana:
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Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

H. Tim Gladwin, 1994

H. Tim Gladwin, 1994

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Ben Legler, 2006

Tim Hagan, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

Warren Walker, 2009

Warren Walker, 2009

Warren Walker, 2009

Warren Walker, 2009

Warren Walker, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2006

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Robert L. Carr, 2010

Walter Siegmund, 2011

Walter Siegmund, 2011

Walter Siegmund, 2011

Harry Thomas, 2010

Craig Althen, 2010

Ben Legler, 2012

Ben Legler, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2013

Ron Bockelman, 2013

Ron Bockelman, 2013

Ron Bockelman, 2013

Ron Bockelman, 2013

Ron Bockelman, 2013

Ron Bockelman, 2013

Chris Wood, 2014

Chris Wood, 2014

Brian Luther, 2011

Brian Luther, 2011

Brian Luther, 2011

Brian Luther, 2014

Brian Luther, 2016

Brian Luther, 2016

Ron Bockelman, 2015

Ron Bockelman, 2015

Ron Bockelman, 2015

Ron Bockelman, 2015

Craig Althen, 2010

Thayne Tuason, 2011

Thayne Tuason, 2011

Thayne Tuason, 2011

Thayne Tuason, 2011

Thayne Tuason, 2016

Thayne Tuason, 2013

Thayne Tuason, 2013

Thayne Tuason, 2013
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