choke cherry Rosaceae Prunus virginiana
Leaf:Alternate, simple, oblong to nearly oval, 2 to 4 inches long, finely serrated margin, dark green above and paler below, minute glands on petiole.
Flower:White, in a loose 3 to 6 inches long terminal raceme, appearing after leaves.
Fruit:Dark red to purple drupe, 1/3 inch in diameter, maturing in late summer.
Twig:Twigs slender, but stouter than black cherry, light brown to gray, strong unpleasant odor when broken, buds are 1/3 inch long covered with brownish scales.
Bark:Smooth, gray-brown, conspicuous lenticels that develop into shallow fissures, young stems have shallowly peeling, curling layers.
Form:Small, upright tree to 25 feet and 6 inches in diameter, often forming shrubby thickets.