Moderately drought hardy; provides food source for birds and deer; suitable for shelterbelts.
Latin name: Prunus virginiana L. var. melanocarpa (Sarg.)
Type of tree: broadleaf (native shrub)
Height: 7 metres
Growth rate: fast
Fruit and flowers: white flowers form dense cluster, maturing into a crimson to black berry-like fruit in late summer; fruit makes excellent jelly and wine
Soil: grown best on moist well-drained soils; fair alkali tolerance
Limitations: performs poorly in arid southwestern region of province; shade intolerant; cultivation is required to control suckering; susceptible to black knot disease and tent caterpillar.