- Hardiness Zone: 2-6
- Mature Height: 20-30' tall
- Mature Width: 15-20' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 15-20' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, cardinals & grosbeaks, catbirds, jays, tanagers, orioles, waxwings
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Due to federal and state laws, we are unable to ship to: LA, SC
Why the Audubon® Common Chokecherry Treeling?
The word “Chokecherry” gives you a pretty good indication of what this sassy little tree’s fruits taste like. They are indeed bitter enough to make you choke! Fortunately, birds absolutely adore chokecherries. It is estimated that at least 70 species of birds ravish the quarter-inch drupes in late summer. Eastern Bluebirds are eager customers, as are robins, grosbeaks, catbirds, cardinals, Blue Jays, tanagers, orioles, and cedar waxwings. Add to that bounty the many, many caterpillars and other insects that this tree hosts, and you have a veritable songbird smorgasbord. Bon appetit!
Chokecherry is a denizen of the North; it is most prevalent in the upper Midwest, New England, and well into Canada—where winter temperatures can drop to -50ºF! Its range also dips down into some southern states, but usually only at high altitudes. For ancient Native Americans in the North, chokecherries were an important part of the diet. They were dried, cooked, or mixed with other ingredients to make them palatable. Today they are occasionally made into juice, jelly, or pies… with the addition of lots of sugar!
How to use in the landscape?
Chokecherry makes a splash when it blooms in mid-spring. The fragrant white flowers are arranged in jalapeno-shaped clusters and are quite profuse. They attract scores of honey bees and many native pollinators as well, like bumblebees, sweat bees, miner bees, and syrphid flies.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Hardiness Zone: 2-6
Mature Height: 20-30' tall
Mature Width: 15-20' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 15-20' apart
How To Plant
Chokecherry is not difficult to grow, and with a little bit of care, it will grow very quickly indeed. Give it as much sun as you can; it will also tolerate light shade. Good drainage is crucial with Cherry Trees—be careful not to plant them too deep and never site them in a spot that stays constantly wet. Your Chokecherry will need regular water during the first year or two of establishment, but it will be fairly drought tolerant after that. Cherry bark is thin and smooth in the early years—take care not to damage it with lawn equipment.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 2-6
How Does Shipping Work?
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.