Plant ID forum: Overgrown shrub ID?

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Twin Cities, Minnesota
Lmvantassel
May 25, 2017 3:27 PM CST
Help! We haven't pruned this shrub/tree since we moved in 6 years ago - so I believe it's overgrown. I would like to identify it so I can prune correctly. It has white flowers on a handful of top branches that just are finishing up blooming and has berries in the fall. I'm in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Thank you!!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 25, 2017 3:51 PM CST
It looks like a crabapple.
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Twin Cities, Minnesota
Lmvantassel
May 25, 2017 4:19 PM CST
The berries are small and very dark colored. The base is also different than what I normally think of for a crabapple. Thoughts??
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 25, 2017 4:28 PM CST
My only thought is that when it has fruit, cut one open and see what's inside.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 25, 2017 5:15 PM CST
Could it be Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 25, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Oh, that's a thought!

Our Western Chokecherries have long inflorescences but the flowers look the same.
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Twin Cities, Minnesota
Lmvantassel
May 25, 2017 7:22 PM CST
I think you might be right - THANK YOU!!
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
May 25, 2017 9:27 PM CST
That is definitely Aronia sp., and if the fruit are dark blue/black, then Black Chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa.

If they were red fruit, then the close relative Aronia arbutifolia would be the name.

This species has valuable fruit for wildlife, and supposed to be a great source of high Vitamin C and other good things for humans to consume. Greater fruiting density occurs if there are multiple plants that are not identical clones. There are many named selections, including 'Viking', 'Eastland', 'Professor Ed', and 'Iroquois Beauty'. I am growing all of these at the Valley here in central KY.
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