Latin Name- Aronia Melanocarpa Hardy Planting Zone- 3-8 Mature Height- 3-6 ft Width- 6-10 ft Sun or Shade- Partial Shade OR Full Sun
Black Chokeberry Bush- Aronia melanocarpa
Black Chokeberry Bush is native to the eastern United States, the Black Chokeberry Bush is a desirable addition to any landscape. It naturally forms a rounded shape and does not require pruning.It is resistant to most diseases and pests. Black Chokeberries are also tolerant of salts and compacted, clay-like soils. They accept a wide range of moisture conditions. Propagation is typically through suckers but can also occur via seeds. Flowering occurs in mid spring, when showy, white, aromatic flowers appear in two to three inch clusters. The flowers give way to berries that are a quarter to a half inch in size. The berries ripen in late summer to early fall and are a deep purple-black color when ripe. Berry production is enhanced by full sun exposure. The berries typically remain on Black Chokeberry bushes into the winter season, attracting hungry wildlife throughout the winter months. The berries are edible when cooked and can be used in baked goods, jellies, juices, and preserves. The berries have numerous health benefits because they contain an extremely high concentration of antioxidants. Black Chokeberry bushes are also valuable ornamentals for any landscape. In addition to their beautiful spring flowers, they are resplendent in the fall with vibrant displays of red-orange to purple leaves. When allowed to form a dense group, they provide an effective windbreak for gardens and shelter for numerous types of wildlife.