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Aronia melanocarpa

Black Chokeberry

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Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)

Foliage is deep green and glossy all summer then turns wine red in fall. Clusters of white flowers in spring form large black fruits in the fall which are favored by birds. This is an adaptable small, multi-branched shrub often grown as an ornamental for its showy flowers and fruit. Plants will spread by suckers but are not overly aggressive. Black Chokeberry is listed as endangered in Missouri. Only a few, small wild populations can be found in southeastern Missouri.

Additional Information:


Height
3-9 Feet

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Spread
4-8 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Flameleaf Sumac (Rhus copallina), Shining Blue Star (Amsonia illustris), Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), American Holly (Ilex opaca)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW-

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)
Winter (Nov-Mar)

Soil Moisture

Moderate
Average
High

Special Features

Good Berries
Interesting Bark

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Nesting
Cover
Food/Small Animals