Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry)

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Notes

Key Characteristics

  • Shrub, weakly spreading, up to 2 meters tall, multistemmed, open, and round topped
  • Bark smooth to rough, grayish brown
  • Leaves alternate, simple, finely crenate-serrate, serrations incurved, glabrous, reddish or blackish glands on the midrib, obovate, with an acuminate tip, veins arcuate
  • Twigs slender, rounded, smooth, glabrous
  • Winter buds oblong, sessile, flattened, appressed
  • Fruit a black pome
  • Insect pollinated
  • Reproduces clonally by rhizomes
  • Moderately shade tolerant, and prefers low, wet, acidic soils

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"

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