Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)
Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America. It typically grows to be 1-3 meters tall and has a multi-stemmed, upright habit with a spreading form. The leaves are simple, alternately arranged, and elliptical in shape, with a glossy dark green color and finely serrated edges. In the fall, the foliage turns a brilliant red color.
The black chokeberry produces small, white to pink flowers in the spring, which are followed by clusters of dark purple to black berries in the late summer and early fall. The fruit is about the size of a blueberry and has a slightly tart flavor. It is high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other nutrients, making it a popular ingredient in juices, jams, and dietary supplements.
The plant is adaptable to a wide range of soil types and can grow in full sun to partial shade. It is also highly tolerant of drought, heat, and cold, making it a hardy choice for gardens and landscaping. Additionally, the black chokeberry is a popular ornamental plant, valued for its attractive foliage, flowers, and fruit, as well as its ability to attract birds and other wildlife.
Botanical Name : Aronia melanocarpa
Common Name : Black Chokeberry
Height : 10- 25 ft
Spread : 5- 10 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 60-90 days cold moist stratification.
Hardiness zone : 4-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 6,250