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Aronia melanocarpa

black chokeberry

Black chokeberry is considered to be the tastier of the two common chokeberry species; its astringent flavor is due to the high level of antioxidants in the fruits. Fall color ranges from burgundy to purple. This shrub is suckering and will tolerate wet soils, so works well as a shrub border or planted near water, even in clay. Aronia melanocarpa var. grandiflora, an unresolved variety of the species, is sometimes misleadingly sold as a cultivar under the name 'Grandiflora.' This variety exhibits larger leaves, flowers, and fruits than other black chokeberries, sometimes at the expense of flower and fruit quantity.

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Height: 3-10 ft
Spread: 3-6 ft
Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Wet
Average
Dry
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Fall Foliage
Summer Fruit
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Host Plant
Attracts Bees
Tolerance
Compaction Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Urban Environment
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Edible
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


black chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa from Native Plant Trust
black chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa from Native Plant Trust
black chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa from Native Plant Trust
black chokeberry - Aronia melanocarpa from Native Plant Trust