Noted for its showy black berries and excellent purple-red foliage color, Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) is a very adaptable, spreading, deciduous shrub that adds multi-season beauty to the garden. In spring, a profusion of fragrant, whitish-pink flowers are borne in loose clusters, 2 in wide (5 cm), of up to 8. Rich in nectar, they are of great interest to early butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators. The flowers are followed in late summer by abundant, glossy, pendulous clusters of black berries that persist throughout fall and well into winter. Songbirds and upland gamebirds do enjoy them in winter months, as do many species of small mammals. Ornamental and adding winter interest to the landscape, they also make tasty jams and jellies. The foliage of elliptic, finely toothed, lustrous leaves, emerges bright green in spring and darkens as the season progresses before turning brilliant crimson to wine-red to apricot in the fall. Nearly luminescent, the fall foliage brightens darker areas on cloudy fall days. A plant for almost all seasons, which is favored among gardeners for its pollution, drought, insect, and disease tolerance.
Height: 6 - 10'
Spread: 3 - 5'
Spacing: 3 - 5'
Exposure: Part Sun (4 to 6 Hours) or Full Sun (6+ Hours)