Black Chokecherry
Prunus virginiana var. melanocarpa
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

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May 29, 2005 - Butterfield Canyon

Berries at Big Cottonwood Canyon 14 August 2014

Toothed margins, shiny surface and pointed tip
May 26, 2013
toothed margins, shiny and pointed at
                the tip

Photo shows two reddish glands near  the base of  each leaf
Big Cottonwood Canyon on May 26, 2013
glands at base of leaf


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913.

 An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions.
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 329.

Photo Details ŠNicky Davis

This shrub or small tree grows from 3 to 25 feet tall. Leaves are alternate,
elliptical, finely and sharply saw-toothed and slightly thickened.  There are one or two small  reddish glands at the base of each leaf.  Leaves are shiny dark green above, light green and sometimes slightly hairy beneath, turning yellow in autumn. The flower has 5 rounded white petals in unbranched clusters in late spring. The fruit is shiny dark red or blackish,  juicy and bitter maturing in late summer.


Host plant for the Coral Hairstreak, Io Moth and the Two-tailed Swallowtail
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Coral Hairstreak -  Satyrium titus
Two-Tailed Swallowtail - Papilio multicaudata multicaudata
Io Moth - Saturniidae Hemileucinae Hemileucini Automeris io
Cecropia Silkmoth - Saturniidae Saturniinae Hyalophora cecropia
Promethea Silkmoth - Saturniidae Saturniinae Callosamia promethea
Hyalophora cecropia crossed with Hyalophora Gloveri

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