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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 5, 2015 8:43 PM CST
Can Chokecherry hybridize with cherries used for pies, like sweet cherry for example?
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
May 5, 2015 9:20 PM CST
The answer would be yes...they are both from the same genera and are related.

Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service


"Q. I am interested in growing chokecherries that are the same quality as the mother tree. Is that possible to do if I use fruit from the original tree? Also, can the chokecherry be crossed with something like a common pie cherry to produce a superior hybrid? (Turtle Lake, N.D.)

A: To get the same quality of fruit as that you sent me you’d have to equalize the genetics and the environment. To do that, don’t use the seed as you will get genetic variation; instead, use the branches for root cuttings. Yes, a cross is possible. They are both in the same genera, so they are closely related. Give both of your questions a try. Who knows? You might become famous and rich someday!"

http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extnews/hortiscope/tree/chkechrry.h...
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
Vegetable Grower Garden Photography Hybridizer Spiders! Annuals Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
keithp2012
May 5, 2015 10:58 PM CST
Moonhowl said:The answer would be yes...they are both from the same genera and are related.

Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service


"Q. I am interested in growing chokecherries that are the same quality as the mother tree. Is that possible to do if I use fruit from the original tree? Also, can the chokecherry be crossed with something like a common pie cherry to produce a superior hybrid? (Turtle Lake, N.D.)

A: To get the same quality of fruit as that you sent me you’d have to equalize the genetics and the environment. To do that, don’t use the seed as you will get genetic variation; instead, use the branches for root cuttings. Yes, a cross is possible. They are both in the same genera, so they are closely related. Give both of your questions a try. Who knows? You might become famous and rich someday!"

http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extnews/hortiscope/tree/chkechrry.h...


Hmm, no word if it actually worked.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
May 6, 2015 8:21 AM CST
That would require an extended time frame..you could do some research to see if there is any on-line records, or you could try crossing a sweet cherry and a choke cherry. Again, it would take time and perseverance on your part..

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