Attracts: Butterflies, moths, birds
Host: Coral Hairstreak, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
Deer & drought resistant
Sun: Full sun, partial sun
Choke Cherry, Prunus virginiana is a large, highly adaptable native shrub that tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions. Typically reaching 20 feet high with an irregular rounded-oval crown, Chokecherry produces a profusion of cylindrical white flowers in the spring. The flowers give way to a bounty of dark red berries in the summer, which attract plenty of birds.
It is remarkable for their value to wildlife. This includes five species of butterflies such as tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple, and 10 species of giant silk moths such as cecropia moth, Polyphemus moth, imperial moth and io moth.
The aromatic flower clusters are very popular with early pollinators. Autumn foliage turns golden yellow to orange.