Iroquois Beauty Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa ‘Morton’)
Iroquois Beauty Black Chokeberry
The Iroquois Beauty™ Black Chokeberry Bush (Aronia melanocarpa ‘Morton’) is selected for its compact habit and three-season interest. Clusters of pretty white flowers in spring, abundant black berries in summer, and gorgeous wine-red fall color. It will slowly spread, and is great for massing, rows, hedges and groupings!
Highly beneficial for pollinators, the white blossoms in spring quickly transform into delightful fruit. Among the toothy, glossy green leaves the berries turn from green to red then to purple and finally a glossy black before the foliage transforms into an incredible color displaying every autumn hue you can imagine!
The incredible health benefits of Aronia have been studied extensively in Eastern Europe for many years. The fruit is a powerful antioxidant over 400% higher than Blueberries! Turns out, Aronia berries are a potent medicinal fruit that can slow the growth of cancer and age-related learning and memory issues.
These are a boon to birds, not just for the shelter they provide, but also food when other resources are scarce! And people can eat them too – make sauces, jams, baked goods, fresh or dried! Freeze for year-round use, juicing and smoothies. Just don’t skimp on the sweetener – they’re called Chokeberries for good reason!
This compact native shrub cultivar typically grows to 2-3 feet tall and to 4-5 feet wide and can be grouped or massed in shrub borders, small gardens or open woodland areas. Since it has the ability to withstand wet conditions, it is suitable for growing on the margins of ponds or streams. Iroquois Beauty™ is an excellent addition to naturalized areas where its suckering, colonial growth habit does not need to be restrained.
Chokeberry can be easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun for the best fruit production. Plants have a wide range of soil tolerance, including boggy soils. Blooms on last year’s wood.
Wherever you use the Iroquois Beauty™ Black Chokeberry Bush, you’ll enjoy a beautiful ornamental edible deciduous shrub! You’ll have fun using them to create special healthy treats for yourself and your family and friends.
|Common name||Iroquois Beauty Black Chokeberry|
|Botanical name||Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'|
|Height||2 - 3 ft.|
|Width||4 - 5 ft.|
|Moisture||Moist to Dry|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||When Dormant|
|Leaf color||Dark Green|