Purple chokeberry

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. March 2013.

Scientific name: Aronia prunifolia (Marshall) Rehder; also Photinia floribunda (Lindl.) Robertson & Phipps

Common name(s): purple chokeberry

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile , NPIN Profile

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Rosaceae family

-leaves are

  • simple
  • finely toothed
  • very hairy on the underside

-produces purple fruits

– may be confused with black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)

-a hybrid between the red and black chokeberry

-fruits are eaten by birds and are full of vitamin C and antioxidants



-meadows and fields






Go Botany. “Aronia Floribunda (Lindl.) Spach.” Aronia Floribunda (Purple Chokeberry): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/aronia/floribunda/.