Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Main Facts about Chokecherry
these trees are useful for their attractive flowers and fruits. Bark is gray-brown and smooth on mature trees, and reddish-brown and glossy on young trunks. Leaves are ovate with fine sharp teeth. Flowers are white and fragrant. Fruit is small, round, purplish-black to red, tart, and often used in pies and jellies. Don't eat the seeds, stems, twigs or leaves, they are very toxic.
Using ChokecherryMaking tea from inner bark treats diarrhea. A very popular common medicinal plant used to treat everything from indigestion to sore throat gargle. Lots of antioxidants and anthocyanins.The bark was boiled along with other ingredients to produce a remedy for diarrhea. A strong, black, astringent tea was made from boiled twigs and used to relieve fevers, coughing, malaria, stomachaches, tuberculosis and intestinal worms. Such teas were also used as sedatives and appetite stimulants. Dried roots were chewed and placed on wounds to stop bleeding. The fruit were used to treat canker sores, ulcers and abscesses.
Cooking with ChokecherryFruit used in pies and jellies, syrops and wines.
How to grow ChokecherryTolerates many types of soils including sand. Grows best in rich, well drained soils with sunny exposure. Will tolerate shade. Hardy and fast growing.
Chokecherry Toxic Look-alikesCherry Laurel