Black Chokeberry 12-18" Seedlings

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Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

The Black Chokeberry is a small to medium sized deciduous shrub that is quite cold hardy.  This highly adaptable shrub is at home in most soil types, and in dry to wet soils.  Each spring, the Black Chokeberry produces clusters of small, white, five-petaled flowers which the local bee population is sure to enjoy.  Berries form and ripen into a black color by late summer, and persist into winter.  In autumn, the leaves of this shrub turn beautiful shades of red, orange and purple. 

The berries of the Black Chokeberry are not pleasant tasting to humans when eaten raw, hence the name.  However, when cooked, they do have culinary value.  Its fruits are used in juice, alcoholic beverages and energy drinks.  The berries can be canned whole or the juice extracted for jelly making.  The antioxidant properties of its berries are extremely high, and some experts even call this fruit one of the healthiest on the planet .    

  • Zones
    3 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Lighter Clays, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    5-10' Height and 5-10' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Medium - 12-24" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Dry soils to wet soils

Product questions

  • Mike
    May 23, 2020, 06:25

    Is this susceptible to black knot disease?

    Jun 25, 2020, 15:19

    Yes, unfortunately most species in this genus (prunus) are susceptible to black knot, which also includes peach, apricot, and chokecherry.

  • Floy Hodson
    Apr 7, 2020, 19:20

    Does the black choke berry tree require special care; or trimming in the fall? Last fall ours was so heavy with berries it’s branches almost were on the ground.

    Apr 9, 2020, 17:22

    If you're looking to do a renewal pruning (severe pruning to make the shrub smaller), you may cut up to 1/3 of the total size back during late winter or early spring. However, this will affect blooming the following year. If you are shaping the shrub and want to maintain blooming the following season, it is best to prune just after the shrub is finished blooming.

More information on the Black Chokeberry:

  • The Black Chokeberry is a member of the Rose family
  • This shrub will grow best in full sun, but is tolerant of partial shade
  • On mature shrubs, up to 30 lbs. of berries have been reported
  • The Black Chokeberry is generally free of pests and diseases

Fun Fact:  The seeds contained in its berries are very small.  In fact, it takes 276,000 seeds to tip the scales at just one pound.

Common uses for the Black Chokeberry:

  • Edible berries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants
  • Attracts many types of birds and wildlife
  • Pleasant orange, red and even purple fall colors
  • Makes a great hedge or privacy screen
  • Ornamental and specimen plant
  • Good low level section of a windbreak

The Black Chokeberry is browsed by white-tailed deer and rabbits. Many songbirds enjoy the berries produced by this shrub. Game birds such as ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chickens will also eat its fruit. The flowers of the Black Chokeberry are valuable to small bees.

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