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Choke cherry (Prunus virginiana)
French name: cerisier à grappes
General: Choke cherry can be found as a bush or small tree, generally 2-4 m tall, but sometimes reaching up to 10 m tall.
Leaves & Twigs: Choke cherry has pointed leaves with sharply toothed edges. Their shape — widest above the middle of the leaf with a short pointed tip — distinguishes the plant from pin cherry, whose leaves are widest below the middle and taper gradually to a point.
Flowers & Fruit: Flowers are white, 1-1.5 cm across, and hang in dense elongated clusters up to 15 cm long. Berries are red, ripening to bluish-black.
Habitat: The choke cherry prefers to grow in aspen poplar groves, ravines and the edges of creeks.
Sampling: Tag a typical shrub for observation.