The wild Chokecherry is usually found in dense thickets due to its vast root system which can sprout runners, but on campus you will find them managed to prevent this. It blooms beautiful white flowers that eventually turn into dark purple fruit. This plant gets its common name from the immature fruit that is puckery. Be careful though, because the Chokecherry’s seeds have low amounts of toxic chemicals.
Many species of birds, chipmunks, mice, and squirrels eat the seeds and/or fruit, and farther north many large animals such as moose, bear, and bighorn sheep eat the foliage. Tent caterpillars (Malacosoma) often construct their webs on the branches, and many other insects use it as well.
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