Aronia melanocarpa (Michx.) Willd - Black Chokeberry


 

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Aronia melanocarpa - (image 1 of 8)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Rosaceae

Habitat

Bogs, swamps, wet woods. Tolerant of drier soil

Associates

 

Distribution

Newfoundland and southern Labrador south to northern GA and AL, westward to eastern MN, northeast IA, and southeast MO, mostly absent along the coastal plain and adjacent areas.

Morphology

Similar to A. arbutifolia, but glabrous or less pubescent on lower leaf surfaces, twigs, and pedicels. Fruit black.

Notes

Flowers May to July

Fruit August to October

Wetland Indicator: Facultative Wetland -

Hybrids between this species and A. arbutifolia are apparently common, and diploid and tetraploid types occur. Fall color not as bright as red chokeberry, and the fruit matures a bit earlier and does not persist as long. Some of the images included here are cultivars with larger leaves and fruit.

See A. arbutifolia for a treatment of the taxonomy of this genus.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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