This time of year when the blue-black fruit on the Black Chokeberry ripen, and when it most resembles the invasive European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica).
We have several Black Chokeberry shrubs in our yard, a native shrub of sandy soils along wetland margins. Its glossy green leaves are similar in shape and appearance to European Buckthorn.
|European Buckthorn Leaf
|Black Chokeberry Leaf
One distinquishing difference is that Black Chokeberry has black hair-like glands on the middle vein.
The two things that are quite different between these shrubs are the buds and flowers.
Read an earlier post about other native European Buckthorn look-alikes.