The good news is that the chokecherry tree proved resilient and has started to repopulate North Dakota and the Great Plains.
Native Americans used tea made from the root of chokecherry trees as a nerve tonic and sedative.
For example, in Toni Morrison's Beloved, we can "read" Sethe's story through the indelible mark of the chokecherry tree
lashed into her back; also, in Morrison's Song of Solomon, Pilate, who has no navel, places in doubt the very fact of her matrilineal ancestry.
It is Amy, Sethe's white savior, whose creative vision transforms the slave woman's lacerated back into the trunk, branches, and blossoms of a chokecherry tree
The chokecherry trees
are in full blossom now, and their sweetness fills my head and heart.
A grant from the Arbor Day Foundation paid for ten chokecherry trees
that volunteers planted.
, wild plum bushes, medicine herbs, wild berries, vegetables and roots are encroached upon by the development, farming and ranching that overrode wild prairie.
A short distance away, the ravines become a sea of white when the saskatoon bushes and chokecherry trees
are awash with blossoms.
We had to cut down all our chokecherry trees
and pulled up the pokeweed.
He didn't know if it was bad whiskey, nights in the cellar, pig fever, iron bits, smiling roosters, fired feet, laughing dead men, hissing grass, rain, apple blossoms, neck jewelry, Judy in the slaughterhouse, Halle in the butter, ghost-white stairs, chokecherry trees
, cameo pins, aspens, Paul A's face, sausage or the loss of a red, red heart.