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Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'

Iroquois Beauty black chokeberry / syn. Photinia melanocarpa

This shrub has got it all, nectar for the pollinators, fruit for the birds, beautiful flowers and a great fall color for us. It would make a great substitute for the non-native and in many places invasive, Russian Olive. It’s easy to grow in a wide range of soils in full sun or part shade. It tolerates boggy soil and is often found in wetlands. You could certainly plant them in a rain garden. The fruit is very tart but can be made into jellies. The berries are high in antioxidants and gaining some acclaim as a superfood. Keep in mind these will form suckers which can either be removed or left to form a colony.


 


 

Benefits

  • Nectar and pollen attract a variety of pollinators
  • Birds eat the berries in winter
  • Beautiful white flowers in spring
  • Yellow, orange and red fall color
  • `Iroquois Beauty` is a more compact selection

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants have a wide range of soil tolerance including wet soils. Best fruit production usually occurs in full sun.


 


Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
4-5 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Native to low woods, swamps, bogs and moist thickets.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Wet Sun
Fall Color
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Acidic
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Amphibians
Mammals
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
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