Can not identify this berry.

Asked August 22, 2016, 10:47 PM EDT

Found these growing under and around elderberries, I am not sure about the size of the bush/tree, but these were picked about 5 feet off the ground. Everything I've looked at keeps bringing me back to chokeberries, but while chokeberries appear to have a defined butt (bloom end?) these are complete smooth, with some showing only a slight discoloration, but still smooth "scar". They also have only a slightly purple stem, seemingly much shorter and less colorful than the pictures I've found of chokeberries. The berries grow in small non-symmetrical bunches from individual stems that all originate from a larger small branch. The leaves are green on the upperside and purple on the underside. The berry skin is thin, but fairly tough, with a sweet green pulp and they each have, in comparison to the amount of pulp, and size of the berry, a large single seed. They seem to be perfectly ripe now 8/22/16, while the elderberries are only 1/3 to 1/2 ripe. Thank you for any help you can give me and thank you for your time.
Michelle

Jefferson County Colorado

1 Response

Hi Michelle,
I'm sorry to be responding to you question so late. Your plant is a Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana. It has a single large seed. https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_prvi.pdf . There are varieties, such as "Canada Red" that have reddish/purple leaves.

The fruit of the Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa, is a pome. Each pome contains 1-5 small seeds. https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_arme6.pdf

Best regards,