5 year old buck +
Have you noticed bears hammering them?? We just planted about 1 dozen at camp ....... and we have bears. I hope we can grow them up to a size that they can survive bears & feed other critters / birds.
Bears demolish choke cherry in my neck of the woods. So do grouse. Fun as hell to watch them in the deer stand. I have a good grouse and bear population in the area. My land would be excellent grouse hunting. I'm gonna get a bunch of mine cleared out and put on cages, etc. See how it goes. They are all naturally occurring, except a few that my brother planted. Maybe 4 of them survived.
I did find a chokecherry approximately 30 feet tall and its kinda tucked under the canopy of some really nice red oaks. Easily the oldest one I have noticed on my property.