Aronia melanocarpa
Black Chokeberry

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantRain GardenPart ShadeFall Color
Black Chokeberry
Aronia melanocarpa

This shrub is a smaller and better-behaved shrub than its red-fruiting relative. The four-season beauty begins with dainty white flowers in spring followed by lush, shiny foliage in summer. In autumn the dark berries are backed by purple to red fall foliage creating a superb contrast. The berries persist providing food for the birds and other wildlife all winter long.  If left alone, the plants can form colonies that provide food and shelter for wildlife. Low maintenance and tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions.

  • Brilliant red fall foliage
  • Extremely hardy and perfect for hedging
  • Black berries persist and birds love them!
  • Spring flowers are a great source of nectar
  • Deer resistant and easy to grow
  • Berries are high in antioxidants

Native Range

Found in lowlands, bogs, dunes and bluffs.

Interesting Facts


Chokeberry gets its name from its sour fruit which can be sweetened with added sugar. While grocery stores offer the Aronia juice as an alternative to cranberry juice, native birds feast on the berries straight off the bush, whether sweet or sour!




Easily grown in wet, average and well-drained soil in full to part sun. Berry production will be best in full sun locations. Highly adaptable and generally not bothered by pests or disease. 


Mature Size: 3-6ft. Tall x 3-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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