Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2126

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Uncommon (rare in SC)

Look for it on balds, bogs, seepages, swamp forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
15-20 stamens
Ovary semi-inferior
Flowers in compound corymbs

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blackish-purple
Pome

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Photinia floribunda   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-19-002b:
Sorbus arbutifolia var. atropurpurea   FAMILY Rosaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Aronia atropurpurea

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Chokeberry


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picture of Sorbus arbutifolia var. atropurpurea, image of Aronia prunifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_arat6_001_lvd

        

picture of Sorbus arbutifolia var. atropurpurea, image of Aronia prunifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_phfl9_001_pvd

        

picture of Sorbus arbutifolia var. atropurpurea, image of Aronia prunifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0304s_27

April    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Petals white, anthers pinkish-red.

picture of Sorbus arbutifolia var. atropurpurea, image of Aronia prunifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0304s_29

April    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Lower surface of leaves sparsely pubescent, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Sorbus arbutifolia var. atropurpurea, image of Aronia prunifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0506c_18

June    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Fruit purplish and juicy when fully ripe, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.