chokecherry

Asked May 26, 2015, 2:09 PM EDT

Hello, I am in Blacksburg and I would like to plant chokecherry in order to make jelly, wine, and attract wildlife. It doesn't seem to be carried by local nurseries. Where I can find it, and are some varieties better than others for this region?

Montgomery County Virginia

1 Response

Hi,

Due to the toxic nature of the chokecherry, I believe there are only a few cultivated varieties of chokecherry, and may help to explain why it is hard to find. USDA reports that "the two most commonly marketed cultivars are 'Schubert', and 'Canada Red'." For a supplier, a Google search may turn up some nurseries that can provide plant material. I found several in a quick look. Even making jelly, etc., can be dangerous if the seeds are crushed. It is also extremely hazardous to livestock. Here is a USDA publication and the Extension link on chokecherry that may provide some additional information:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&u...

http://www.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/fruits/chokecherry-jelly/

I hope this information helps, and please let me know what follow up questions you may have.

Thanks,