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Chokecherries (Prunus virginiana), also known as the bitter-berry, Virginia bird cherry, and western chokecherry, are shrubs or small trees, which grow to around 4.9 m (16 ft 1 in).

Their leaves are oval with coarse, sharp edges. The flowers grow about 38.1–76.2 cm (15–30 in) long in late spring (well after chokecherry leaves appear).

The fruits are about 1 cm (3⁄8 in) across. They range in color from bright red to black. They have a very astringent taste, both somewhat sour and somewhat bitter. The fruits are sweetest when they are very ripe "berries" (actually drupes). These are dark in color.

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