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Cherry, Wild Virginia Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), potted plant, organic

(2 customer reviews)

$10.00

Family:  Rose (Rosaceae)

Hardy to Zones 2 to 8

(Chokecherry, Eastern Ecotype)  Deciduous woody shrub to 12 feet tall native to the Eastern US and Canada, flowering white, giving way to clusters of ruby fruits that are good for wildlife and humans to eat.  Ripe fruits very strong cherry flavor, sweet.  Plant prefers shade to sun and rich, moist to mesic soils.  Leaves a source of hydrocyanic acid that can be toxic to ruminants–do not allow goats and horses, etc. to eat this plant.  Traditional medicinal use of the berries and inner bark (Native American, TWM):  decongestant and antispasmodic used for treating sore throat, colds, fevers and especially cough.  Dried de-seeded fruits a common ingredient of pemmican.  Excellent on cereal or as an ingredient in baked goods.  The tree is a good choice for shelterbelts with high value for wildlife, food and medicine. Place bushes 10 feet apart.

Potted Tree in a 6-inch deep pot, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Willow Whyte Lynch

    I have your “Making Plant Medicine” book, but Wild Cherry isn’t in there specifically… I’m wondering if I’d like the bark as a syrup, so I purchased some, but now I’m wondering how to make it. Would I simply follow the instructions for “General Procedure for making herbal syrup”, page 77? And would that be by first making a decoction? The book has how to make a preparation with multiple herbs, how to make syrup from Berries, and how to make Honeyed roots, but nothing about Bark…
    Thank you so much Richo for all of your helpful guidance and kind words.

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi willow, yes, the bark is best decocted and combined with double the volume of pure honey. yes, you’ve got it, page 77. r

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  2. dmjibben

    pollination

    dmjibben (verified owner)

    Does this tree need two in order to pollinate

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi, I believe these are self-fertile but all trees are better off when there are several individuals to cross-pollinate. I planted wild virginia chokecherry in groups of three in one of my shelterbelts, and I’ve been very happy with the results. Richo

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    • mitch donahue

      is the wild virginia chokeberry the same plant aronia chokeberry?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Aronia is in the genus Aronia=chokeBERRY, this one is the genus Prunus=chokeCHERRY. r

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  3. Question

    Stacey

    Is this a potted plant ready to put outdoors or is it just seed. Category and description are confusing. Thanks

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    • Judy

      Admin Judy

      This is a potted plant. Sorry about the confusion.

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    • Rohit

      can i grow this in a big pot can’t plant it in my patio

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes!

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    • Melissa Munoz (verified owner)

      Can these easily be prunned to about 4ft height? Any thoughts of other shrubs good for wildlife, food, medicine that would be able to be maintained at 4-5ft. height?Combo of shrubs? This is for a hedgerow along the sidewalk. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, these can be kept pruned down to the desired height. I would put the word “shrub” in the search engine and look over all the returns–there will be many–and filter according to your needs, preferences and climatic conditions. r

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    • Haleema Qazi

      Is this self-pollinating?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Haleema,
      They’re grudgingly self-fertile. You get better fruit set growing several of them. THat’s pretty typical with trees.
      Richo

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    • Adrielle

      Do you grow these from seed, or cuttings? How long from first sprout to fruit, and will you have the seeds available again or are they not going to be offered?
      The listing for the seeds won’t let me ask to be notified when they are available again, I’d love to be on that list if possible.
      Thanks for your help. 🙂

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Adrielle,
      Thanks for your interest in wild cherries. They are fast-growing and will fruit within 4 years or so. and do they make fruit! We have these yearly from our own trees and will list them again around october. our challenge with these is that they germinate quickly in cold storage so the selling season is very short.

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