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Black-fruited chokecherry
Prunus virginiana L. var. melanocarpa (A. Nels.) Sarg.


Plant Description:

  • Widespread, prairie shrub growing up to 6 m tall
  • Leaves are oval and thick
  • Many white flowers in clusters
  • Occurs in open forests, bluffs and in ravines
  • Leaves can be poisonous to cattle if plant is damaged by frost or drought
  • All parts, except flesh of fruits, contain hydrocyanic acid. Stones must be removed before eating
  • Used to make jams, jellies, syrups, and wine
  • Wood does not burn easily
  • Found at Stop 1 - on the Interpretive Nature Trail, and Stops 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 11


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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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