Aronia melanocarpa

(Michaux) Elliott

Sketch Bot. S. Carolina 1: 557. 1821

Common names: Black chokeberry
EndemicSelected by author to be illustrated
Synonyms: Aronia nigra (Willdenow) KoehnePhotinia melanocarpa (Michaux) K. R. Robertson & J. B. PhippsPyrus arbutifolia var. nigra WilldenowP. melanocarpa (Michaux) WilldenowSorbus melanocarpa (Michaux) Hey nhold
Basionyms: Mespilus arbutifolia var. melanocarpa Michaux
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 446. Mentioned on page 438, 489.
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Stems glabrous or glabrescent. Leaves pale green abaxially, dark green and shiny adaxially, becoming scarlet; blade 2.5–7 × 2.5–3.5 cm, apex subacute to acuminate or apiculate, surfaces glabrous or glabrescent, adaxial midrib stipitate-glandular. Flowers sweet-scented; hypanthium glabrous; sepal margins glabrous; anthers yellow to purplish red. Pomes black, glabrous, taste acid and bitter. 2n = 34, 68.

Phenology: Flowering Mar–Jun; fruiting Sep–Nov.
Habitat: Swamps, bogs, wet thickets, margins of ponds and lakes, beaver ponds, woods, moist high-elevation forests, rock outcrops
Elevation: 0–2000 m


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N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Vt., Va., W.Va., Wis.




Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.