chokecherry - Prunus virginiana
Common Name: chokecherry
Hardiness Zone: 2 to 7
Height: 20 to 30 ft
Width: 15 to 20 ft
Description: The chokecherry is a Minnesota native found from forests to prairie edges. Flowering in the spring, and producing an edible drupe in the summer, it is an important species for wildlife, and can be used for making jellies, jams, and wine. The cultivated 'Canada Red' or 'Shubert' can be seen on the landscape in the urban environment, or hybridized into natural areas. These cultivars have a deep red or purple color to their foliage.
Suckering from it's roots, it can create dense thickets. It is highly susceptible to the fungal disease, black knot. Chokecherry trees tend to have issues when planted on the boulevard. They can produce copious amounts of suckers, have witches brooms and can be short lived.
Minnesota Wildflowers. Found online: https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/tree/chokecherry