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The purple chokeberry is a hybrid of the red and black chokeberries.


choke +‎ berry, describing the astringency of the fruits, which are inedible when raw.


chokeberry (plural chokeberries)

  1. Either of two species in Aronia, formerly and sometimes in Photinia, deciduous shrubs, native to Russia and eastern North America and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps.
  2. The fruit of such a shrub.

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