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Aronia melanocarpa 'Elata'

Black Chokeberry / Syn. Pyrus melanocarpa, Photinia melanocarpa

This compact deciduous shrub offers four season beauty. Dainty white flowers in spring are followed by lush, shiny foliage in summer. The dark berries backed by the purple and red fall foliage is superb. The berries persist providing food for the birds and other wildlife all winter long.  Low maintenance and tolerant of a wide rang of growing conditions.


  • Brilliant red fall foliage
  • Extremely hardy and perfect for hedging
  • Black berries persist and birds love them!
  • Spring flowers are a great source of nectar
  • Deer Resistant and easy to grow
  • Berries are high in antioxidants

4-6 Feet


4-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Moist woods or drier clearing or thickets from Minnesota East to Maine and south from Arkansas to Georgia.

Native Trivia

Chokeberry gets its name from its sour fruit which can be sweetened with added sugar. While grocery stores offer the Aronia juice as an alternative to cranberry juice, native birds feast on the berries straight off the bush, whether sweet or sour!

"There's no shrub that provides a better combination of cover, nesting and food than Aronia!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium to Tall Shrubs
  • Small Shrubs
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
  • Wet
Attracts Wildlife
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Songbird
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Forest
  • Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Green
  • Bog, water garden
  • Border
  • Hedge, screen
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin