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Aronia melanocarpa

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Description

Aronia melanocarpa, known as black chokeberry, this deciduous shrub from the Rosaceae family spreads freely and suckers profusely. The fruit is edible and is produced from 5-6 flowered clusters that bloom in late spring. The leaves turn red in the fall and will drop for winter. It is native to the Eastern North America. Can be used as a shrub in borders or in more open wooded gardens. This plant does well in full sun and partial shade.

Form: rounded top; tends to become leggy with age; stiff, upright habit

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Autumn Magic
  • Black Magic
  • Grandiflora
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#wine#spring#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#red leaves#spring flowers#fall interest#wet sites#dry soil tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Autumn Magic
  • Black Magic
  • Grandiflora
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#wine#spring#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#red leaves#spring flowers#fall interest#wet sites#dry soil tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aronia
    Species:
    melanocarpa
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought, range of soil conditions from wet to dry
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Multi-trunked
    Open
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Description:
    shiny blackish-purple fruit
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    This plant has 0.3-in., off-white to pink flowers in spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has alternate, simple 1- to 3-in., glossy, dark green leaves that have a wine-red fall color. Color varies among seedlings.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Wet Soil