- Seedling Size: 12-24″
- Seedling Age: 2-0
- Mature Height: 3 – 8 feet
- Mature Width: 2 – 6 feet
- Soil Type: Well-drained, Poorly-drained
- Moisture: Moderate, Moist
- Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Growth Rate: Medium
Key Characteristics of Black Chokeberry
- Black chokeberry is an adaptable tough shrub because of its hardiness and wide tolerance to a variety of soil textures, densities, pH levels, and moisture conditions.
- The fruit is used in baking and to make jams, jellies, syrup, tea, juice, and wine. Black chokeberry now ranks high among health foods because its blueberry-sized fruit possess the highest level of antioxidants among temperate fruit species.
- In autumn, leaves change from green to vibrant tones of red, orange, and purple.
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Help Control Invasives!
Black chokeberry is a great alternative to invasive buckthorns such as the Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus). Glossy buckthorn has the capacity to replace entire wetland plant communities, whereas common buckthorn grows aggressively in areas with drier soils. Common buckthorn serves as the primary overwintering host of the soybean aphid, a serious agricultural pest. In Grand Traverse County, some natural areas such as Kids Creek have been heavily impacted by buckthorns. Click here to learn more.