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Aronia melanocarpa [= Photinia melanocarpa, Sorbus melanocarpa, Pyrus melanocarpa]

Black Chokeberry

Scientific Name:

Aronia melanocarpa [= Photinia melanocarpa, Sorbus melanocarpa, Pyrus melanocarpa]

Genus:

Aronia

Species Epithet:

melanocarpa

Common Name:

Black Chokeberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Balds, forests, and openings and exposed rock outcrops at high elevations, bogs in the Mountains. Common in NC mountains, rare in piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable, S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Buds and blossoms of Black Chokeberry emerge in mid-May at the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Duke University.

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Leaves are broadly elliptic and toothed with small, coarse dark hairs along the midrib (where the similar red chokeberry has red hairs)

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A mass of blooming Black Chokeberry along the Flat Rock Trail near Grandfather Mountain, NC

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Maturing dark fruits of Black Chokeberry in early October, the North Carolina Arboretum

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/aronia-melanocarpa/

Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/aronia/melanocarpa/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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