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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.


Height
4-6 Feet

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
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