Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1442

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it on balds, forests, openings & exposed rock outcrops at high elevations, bogs in the Mountains, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
Ovary semi-inferior
Flowers in compound corymbs

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Pome

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aronia melanocarpa   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Photinia melanocarpa   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-19-003:
Sorbus melanocarpa   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Pyrus melanocarpa

 

COMMON NAME:
Black Chokeberry


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picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_arme6_001_lvd

        

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_arme6_004_lhd

        

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_phme13_001_lvd

        

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm120505_097

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

A tall shrub of higher elevations, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm120505_099

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm120505_162

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Lower surfaces of leaves glabrous, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm120505_162b

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Sepals 1-2mm long, glabrous on the outside, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm120505_163

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Flat-topped clusters of wonderfully fragrant flowers sporting red anthers, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm120505_164

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Flowers in compound corymbs. Petals 5-8mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_melanocarpa_rb_1

May        

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm0308u_20

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fruit a juicy pome, less than 1/2" long, ripening from red to shiny black, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm150814_775

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Leaves broadly elliptic, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm150814_777

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

picture of Sorbus melanocarpa, image of Aronia melanocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm150814_779

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain