|Prunus virginiana or the Common Choke Cherry, can be a large shrub or small tree, reaching 30 feet in height, and up to 25 feet in spread. The leaves are simple, obovate to broad-elliptic and alternate. It produces many suckering branches and can assume a crooked, twiggy form. The flowers appear in mid to late spring, small and white, on 3 to 6 inches long racemes. The small fruits are red, turning dark purple with age, used traditionally in jams, jellies, pies and wine. Widespread native, found from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan, from North Dakota south to N.Carolina and into Missouri. Introduced into cultivation 1724.