Black chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

Photo/Illustration: 
Kristina Jensen, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
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Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
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Genus:  Aronia
Black chokeberry is a medium-size shrub with multiple seasons of interest. Starting with showy clusters of white flowers in early summer, followed by dark purple fruits greatly appreciated by robins, this adaptable shrub closes the growing season with beautiful, wine red fall foliage. Black chokeberry is most effective when massed in the landscape and allowed to follow its natural tendency to spread by suckering.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Showy flowers; purple fruit that attracts birds; red fall color. U.S. native.
Care:  Provide full sun to partial shade and most any soil. Best fruit production occurs in full sun.
Propagation:  Root softwood cuttings in early summer, or sow seed in a seedbed in fall.
Problems:  Nothing serious.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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