Garrington Chokecherry - <em>Prunus virginiana</em> - Zone 2a -

Garrington Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana - Zone 2a

Garrington chokecherry is a small and tidy deciduous shrub bearing black medium sized sour cherries that lack the astringency of most choke cherries. They are also beloved by our winged and four-legged friends who will be cheering in ecstasy when you put it in the ground!

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
1-3 Feetsold-out$20.00$0.00
Total$0.00

The Fruit

Garrington cherries are dark purple in colour and on average between 8 and 10 millimetres in diameter. They are sour chokecherries with a less astringent flavour profile than our regular chokecherry. They will make very good jams, jellies, and syrups and attract plenty of wildlife. Note these trees are seedlings and therefore the fruit will vary slightly, but its quality should be consistently good.

The Tree

Garrington is a fast growing shrub that stays quite compact, growing up to heights of 3 metres. The plant has a lifespan of about 40 years and produces consistent annual yields. It can be expected to begin bearing fruit about 3 years after planting. The fruit hang on the outside of the plant for easy harvesting either by hand or mechanical harvester. It will do best in moist well-drained locations with plenty of sunlight and is highly tolerant of urban pollution.

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity3 metres (10 feet)
Spacing2.5 metres (8 feet), but variable
Hardiness zone2a
Soilmoist, well drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringLate May/early June
HarvestMid to Late August
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorBlack
Years to bear fruit3
PollinationSelf-fertile
Latin namePrunus virginiana sp. Garrington
Average diameter of fruit8-10 mm
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