- Seedling Size: 12-24″
- Seedling Age: 2-0
- Mature Height: 3 – 8 feet
- Mature Width: 2 – 6 feet
- Soil Type: Well-drained to poorly-drained
- Moisture: Moderate, Moist
- Sun: Full sun or 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.
Visitors Attracted to Black Chokeberry
- Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
- Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
- Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
Help Control Invasives!
Black chokeberry is a great alternative to invasive buckthorns (Rhamnus cathartica and Frangula alnus).
- Black Chokeberry – “Black Chokeberry” by Cranbrook Science is licensed by CC BY 2.0
- Black Chokeberry Flowers – “Aronia melanocarpa, Fairfax, 5-2-13” by Fritz Flohr Reynolds is licensed by CC by 2.0
- Black Chokeberry Fruit – “20120828_UBCBG_AroniaMelanocarpa_Cutler_P1310427” by Wendy Cutler is licensed by CC BY 2.0