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 rang 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
Found in lowlands, bogs, dunes and bluffs.
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.