Choke Cherry is a 1 to 4 m tall shrub with small, white, clustered flowers at the end of twigs. The leaves are oval-shaped and the fruits are bitter, red to black cherries. It grows in southern BC and can be found in low to mid elevation on the edges of forests, clearings and along streams.

The cherries have been used by First Nations people for syrup, juice and food. The bark has been used as medicine and for decoration of baskets.