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Prunus virginiana var. demissa

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Species Name: Prunus virginiana var. demissa
Common Name: Western Chokecherry

Edible fruit. Likes moisture, but can become drought and heat tolerant. Nice autumn leaf color. Good for erosion control.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 15' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Flexible open branches
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Sun Exposure: Sun or part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky, acidic
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: California Floristic Province, Great Basin Floristic Province, to British Columbia, central US, Texas, and northern Mexico.
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, canyons, shrublands, oak/pine woodland, coniferous forest. Elevation: 300 - 9000'.

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