Two species of deciduous shrubs native to North America, A. arbutifolila and A. melanocarpa, in addition there is a hybrid of these species, A. × prunifolia, which is sometimes listed as a species. Leaves alternate, simple, crenate margins, with blackish glands on the midrib above. Flowers white or pink, in small clusters (corymbs), 5 petals, anthers purple, 5 pistils. Fruit is a small pome, with persistent calyx tips.
Aronia: from the Greek aria, a name for Whitebeam, Sorbus aria, the fruit of which resembles that of Aronia.
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