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Iroquois Beauty Black Chokeberry

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This versatile shrub has three-season interest with its fruit, foliage and flowers; widely adaptable to drought and moisture, can grow near bogs and streams as well as drier areas; fruit attracts wildlife, can use the berries to make jams and jellies

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Iroquois Beauty Black Chokeberry features airy panicles of white flowers with brick red anthers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It features an abundance of magnificent deep purple berries from late summer to late winter. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Iroquois Beauty 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

Iroquois Beauty Black Chokeberry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, 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 is a selection of a native North American species.

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