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Black Chokeberry

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Much preferred to the species, a superb landscaping shrub with glossy green leaves, showy white flowers in spring, black berries and purple fall color; suckers to form thickets, great for massing or grouping

Characteristics

Species:
melanocarpa var. elata
Average Landscape Height:
7 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Genus:
Aronia
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Black Chokeberry features showy panicles of white flowers with brick red anthers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It produces black berries from late summer to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Black Chokeberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Black Chokeberry will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

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