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Tried and True Native Plant Selections
for the Mid-Atlantic
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Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)
Earlier classified as Photinia melanocarpa, this attractive native* is often found in bogs, swamps, and moist thickets. Although edible, the fruits’ acerbic taste often causes choking – hence the common name. However, its red coloring and healthy nutrients make it useful in food processing.
*It is native to DC, historical in DE, and absent in about ten PA counties. In VA, it is frequent in the mountains, infrequent in the Piedmont (it is not reported to be in Loudoun county), and infrequent – rare in the Coastal Plain.
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