Environmental Impact Research Program. Common Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana). Section 7.5.4, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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A plant materials report on common chokecherry Prunus virginiana is provided as Section 7.4.5 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist the Corps District or project biologist with the selection, cultivation, and management of suitable plant materials for wildlife and habitat development programs. Major topics covered for chokecherry are description, distribution, habitat requirements, wildlife value, establishment, maintenance, and cautions and limitations. Common chokecherry is a native deciduous shrub or small tree that occurs in subhumid regions of temperate and boreal North America. Chokecherry provides food and cover for a variety of wildlife species, and plants have been used successfully in revegetation and habitat development projects. The distribution and distinguishing characteristics of common chokecherry are described, and common varieties are noted. Soil, moisture, and shade requirements are specified, and common plant associates are listed for several regions. Benefits to wildlife, including nutritional value of plant parts, are discussed. Guidelines for establishing common chokecherry in habitat development projects include specifications for site selection, site preparation, propagule selection, and planting methods. Maintenance requirements and management cautions are noted.
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