Black Chokeberry Bush (Aronia melanocarpa var.elata)

Black Chokeberry Bush

Savvy gardeners are using native shrubs like Black Chokeberry Bush (Aronia melanocarpa var. elata) as part of a big design trend in gardening! And it is no hardship to include a compact variety that looks great all growing season!

Black Chokeberry delivers a lot of ornamental charm. In spring, you’ll enjoy the beautiful, white 5-petaled flowers with a subtle pink highlight. Watch as they transform into green berries, to red, to purple and finish black! Each healthy berry is similar to a small blueberry and can be added to smoothies, jams, jellies and sauces. Just add honey or sweetener to your recipes. It’s not nicknamed Chokeberry for nothing!

Aronia berries are well on their way to becoming the new must-have superfood. The fruit production from each plant can be up as much as 30 or 40 pounds on each plant, packed with powerful antioxidants over 400% higher than blueberries!

Planting and Application:

Brighten up the shady areas of your landscape with this dainty, easy-care shrub. The summer leaves are lustrous and catch the light. In fall, enjoy the deep, rich color of the foliage; alight with red, orange and purple tones for a brilliant display. Hedges can also be used as snow fencing, privacy and shelterbelts. Just give about 4 feet from the concrete to reach their full, natural spread.

Add them to the edge of woodlands, or place them in back of Butterfly Gardens. Repeat along the length of your mixed borders. This is a wonderful native plant that provides shelter and food for many bird species, especially when food is scarce.

  • Darling Flowers in Spring
  • Lustrous Green Summer Foliage
  • Gorgeous Red, Purple & Orange Foliage in Fall
  • Very Healthy, Edible Fruit in Fall – 30 – 40lbs Per Shrub!
  • Attracts Pollinators & Supports Song & Game Birds

Tips for Care:

Black Chokeberry is found in low-lying wooded areas and has a very adaptable nature. Grow it in wet or acidic soils, in full sun, partial sun or shade. It even tolerates road salt, so can be incorporated into street plantings. You’ll see fewer berries in shade.

  • Full Sun, Partial Shade or Shade!
  • Moist to Damp Well-Drained Soil – Tolerates Road Salt
  • Low Maintenance, Deer & Drought Tolerant
  • Prune Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Mulch Root System Well

Black Chokeberry Bush (Aronia melanocarpa var.elata) Details

Common name Black Chokeberry Bush
Botanical name Aronia melanocarpa var.elata
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Slow
Height 3 - 6 ft.
Width 3 - 6 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color White