Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

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species native to Canada


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Latin (scientific) name: Prunus virginiana var. virginiana

Common English name: Choke cherry

Other names: Eastern choke cherry

French name: Cerisier de Virginie


Grows best on moist soils along fencerows and streams, on cleared land, and in wooded areas.

Other notes

This species is transcontinental other than coastal British Columbia.

Hardiness zone(s)

0a, 0b, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

  • Zone 0
  • Zone 1
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9

A hardiness zone is a geographically defined area where a given plant is capable of growing. Hardiness zones are based largely on climate, particularly minimum temperatures. Zone 0 covers the harshest areas in Canada for plant species. Higher numbers represent more temperate areas.

For more information on plant hardiness zones in Canada, visit Natural Resources Canada.


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