Native plants for wetlands, fields or forests and an eclectic mix of other botanic delights

Aronia melanocarpa

Photo Credit:
Stan Kollar
Photo Credit:
Stan Kollar
Status
Limited Supply
Black Chokeberry
Beautiful Red Fall Foliage, Wintertime Black Berries
Mature Size:
6
' Height /
6
' Spread
Expected Size:
/
Light Preference:
Part Sun
Soil Preference:
Moist (Mesic)
Price:
'Ground Hug' Available @ $42.50

Aronia melanocarpa, commonly called Black Chokeberry, is an open, upright, spreading, somewhat rounded but leggy, suckering, deciduous shrub that typically grows 3-6’ (or highr) tall. It is native to low woods, swamps, bogs and moist thickets but occasionally to dry upland areas, from Newfoundland to southern Ontario and Minnesota south to Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia.  It is noted for its 5-6 flowered clusters of white 5-petaled spring (May) flowers, glossy elliptic to obovate dark green leaves (to 2-3” long) with finely toothed margins, black autumn berries (blueberry size) and purple/red fall color.

The common name of chokeberry is in reference to the tart and bitter taste of the fruits which are technically edible but so astringent as to cause choking in most of those who try.  Fruits are sometimes used to make tasty jams and jellies. The juices of the Aronias are reputed to be very high in antioxidents.

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants have a wide range of soil tolerance including boggy soils. Best fruit production usually occurs in full sun. Remove root suckers to prevent colonial spread. There are no serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spots and twig/fruit blight.

Group or mass in shrub borders, small gardens or open woodland areas. Ability to withstand wet conditions makes it suitable for growing on the margins of ponds or streams. Excellent addition to naturalized areas where its suckering, colonial growth habit does not need to be restrained.  The fruit is loved by songbirds.

We currently also carry the dwarf, Aronia melanocarpa "Ground Hug" variety that will form a nice ground cover that has great flowers, beautiful red fall foliage and wintertime black berries.

Source:
60
3'-4' (2-3 gal)
$6.00
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Photo(s) Credit:
Stan Kollar
Information

Prices listed are subject to change, based upon size change and availability.

We are a small local nursery with limited shipping capability. We will do our best to ship smaller material (usually 1 or 2 gallon), although we can sometimes ship larger plants with the pots removed.

We have some species that are not listed, as we have too few of them to make a full listing plausible. You can always inquire.

We will consider contract growing an order with appropriate advance notice and availability of seed, cuttings or lining out stock.

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