A perennial, native, deciduous, shrub or small tree rarely reaches a height of over 30 feet. The bark is smooth and grayish brown with many white flowers having elongated raceme. The fruit is deep red to dark red purple. Chokecherry is nutritious throughout the growing season; however, new leaves and growth can be poisonous during some growing season to livestock and humans. It spread by rhizomes making it a great for erosion control. Common throughout the central and northern states from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans.