Aronia melanocarpa Iroquois Beauty™ - Black Chokeberry
Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa Iroquois Beauty™ ('Morton')
Iroquois Beauty™ was selected for its large fruit and superior yellow-to-red fall color. White May bloom gives way to the dark berries relished by winter birds. Black chokeberry provides superior cover for numerous native critters and can form colonies that provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Nectar and pollen attract a variety of pollinators
Berries are a favorite food for native birds
Yellow, orange and red fall color
Beautiful white flowers in spring
Deer resistant and easy to grow
Iroquois Beauty™ is a more compact selection
Found in lowlands, bogs, dunes and bluffs.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Chokeberry gets its name from its sour fruit which can be sweetened with added sugar. While grocery stores offer 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 diseases.
Mature Size: 2-3ft. Tall x 4-5ft. Wide
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Choosing the Right Plants
American Beauties Offer Solution Based Plant Collections to Help you Choose
Quick Tips for Choosing Plants:
Planting a variety of native trees, shrubs, perennials and vines increases biodiversity and gives wildlife a source for food, cover and nesting
Choose a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees so birds and other wildlife will always be able to find shelter
Plant trees and large shrubs where they will block winter winds from the house and shade it in summer, that will save energy and lower your carbon footprint
Try your best to buy plants that were grown locally, your independent garden center will be your best bet
Think about ultimate height and width of the plant you choose, make sure it will fit the space you have for it when it's reached maturity
Plant nectar plants in groups, to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects more easily
Ask for help if you need it. Most garden centers either have a landscape designer on staff or they can give you a reference of a designer that is adept at native plant wildlife gardening. There will be upfront costs but they are small when compared to having to redo a landscape that wasn't what you really wanted
Our Plant Tags Hold the Secrets to Success
Choosing the right plants for your garden can seem like a daunting task but we’re here to help. Our horticulturists have spent a considerable amount of time researching and writing our beautiful, American Beauties plant tags to help you be successful. First of all, when you see an American Beauties branded pot at your garden center you can be confident that the plant is native to your area and a responsible choice.
When you look at our tag you’ll find information about the plants natural habitat. That will give you a clue to how it will work in your backyard. For instance if the plant is naturally founded and moist, shade and you have full sun, it’s not the plant for you. The “Features” section gives you an overview or plant description so you’ll know what to expect. While the “Benefits” section talks about the plants strong suits and how the plant will benefit wildlife.
A Special Note About Exposure
Full sun:Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day Partial shade:Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine Shade:Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.