Glossy Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa var. elata)

Glossy Black Chokeberry

For a hard-working, beautiful landscape that gives you edible berries, and brings birds to your yard, consider using the native Glossy Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa var.elata) in your design plan. This rounded, upright shrub delivers beauty to your yard for every season of the year.

You’ll love the fragrant clusters of snow-white flowers in May. Summer leaves are glossy and dark green throughout the growing season. In autumn, the foliage explodes into glowing orange, rich purple and brilliant red, an eye-catching display!

The healthy, deep berries are produced in clusters. They’ll start green, then turn red, then purple and finish black. They’ll hang on well into winter unless hungry birds eat the berries before the snow flies. Be warned, you will need to fight the birds for your crop.

Planting and Application:

Aronia are the hottest Superfruit and are so easy to grow! Each plant can produce as much as 30 – 40lbs per plant! Each berry is similar to a small blueberry and ripens in late August. Harvest and freeze them to use throughout the year in smoothies and juicing, muffins and pies, and preserves too! Try dry red wine or try eating them right from the shrub. Just don’t forget the sweetener – they’re not called Chokeberries for nothing! Freezing helps reduce the astringent character.

Glossy Black is an ornamental edible for the edge of the woods in sun or part shade, or to naturalize areas in your backyard. Create bird and butterfly-friendly plantings, rain gardens, hedges, snow screens and privacy that maintains your health! You’ll love the look of these unique screening plants with their amazing fall color.

  • Edible Shiny Black Superfruit
  • White Flowers in Clusters in Spring
  • Brilliant Orange, Red & Purple Fall Color
  • Healthy Superfruit
  • Supports Pollinators & Backyard Birds

Tips for Care:

This valuable, versatile deciduous shrub grows in sun or shade, and everything in between. However, you’ll have the most fruit in full sun. Aronia adapts to just any soil, both wet or dry. It can even tolerate a short period of drought once they are established. Blooming on last year’s wood, be sure to prune only when dormant.

  • Full Sun, Partial Shade or Shade
  • Wet to Dry Soils
  • Prune Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Mulch Root System Well
  • Drought, Deer & Urban Resistant

Grow your own Superfruit with powerful antioxidants 400% higher than Blueberries!

Glossy Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa var. elata) Details

Common name Glossy Black Chokeberry
Botanical name Aronia melanocarpa var. elata
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-9
Growth rate Slow
Height 5 - 7 ft.
Width 4 - 6 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade
Moisture Moist to Dry
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color White