Western Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana var. demissa
One of the more widely distributed Rose Family members on the continent, this species has been split into two varieties, with demissa west of the Rocky Mountains. It is often a pioneering species, growing alongside roads and forest edges, but also in canyons and alongside streams. A shrub or tree to 25 feet, it has a small, crooked trunk and many branches, creating a broad, rounded crown. The bark is thin and fissured, and the branches are upright. The leaves of this variety are about twice as long as wide. The inflorescence is a long raceme of creamy small flowers, and the fruits are red to black.