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Aronia melanocarpa (Black chokeberry)

Aronia melanocarpa Photo/Illustration: Kristina Jensen, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Aronia melanocarpa ah-ROE-nee-ah mel-an-oh-KAR-pah Common Name: Black chokeberry 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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