Aronia melanocarpa var. elataItem #0308 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
A very adaptable shrub with brilliant fall color ranging from crimson to apricot and 2-inch shiny black fruits. High wildlife value. Well suited to shrub borders and foundation plantings. Tart and bitter fruit is good for jams and jellies. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ar-ROH-nee-uh mel-an-oh-KAR-puhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:1 - 6, 31 - 43Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 3 to 6 feet tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis is one of the best American shrubs for wildlife and habitat gardens. Smaller size also makes it suitable for traditional landscapes in shrub and mixed borders, foundation and fence lines. Makes a fine informal hedge particularly attractive for its seasonal changes in suburban and rural sites such as farms and ranchettes. It will blend nicely with meadow and forest in the wild garden providing a valuable transition plant.Companion PlantsCombine with other natives such as Autumn Brilliance Apple Serviceberry, (Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'), Eastern Redbud, (Cercis canadensis), Cherokee Sweetgum, (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Ward') and Big Bluestem, (Andropogon gerardii).
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Prune annually in late winter to promote vigorous new growth.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This native shrub is grouped into the rose family. It enjoys an enormous range throughout the eastern United States north into Canada. It's habitat is wet woods and swamps illustrating it's preference for damp conditions.Lore:The name chokeberry comes from the astringency of the fruit which is inedible when raw. Settlers made jam from the fruit after adding copious amounts of sugar.