Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton' Iroquois Beauty black chokeberry
Iroquois Beauty black chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'
This shrub has got it all, nectar for the pollinators, fruit for the birds, beautiful flowers and a great fall color for us. It would make a great substitute for the non-native and in many places invasive, Russian Olive. It’s easy to grow in a wide range of soils in full sun or part shade. It tolerates boggy soil and is often found in wetlands. You could certainly plant them in a rain garden. The fruit is very tart but can be made into jellies. The berries are high in antioxidants and gaining some acclaim as a superfood. Keep in mind these will form suckers which can either be removed or left to form a colony.
Nectar and pollen attract a variety of pollinators
Birds eat the berries in winter
Beautiful white flowers in spring
Yellow, orange and red fall color
`Iroquois Beauty` is a more compact selection
Native to low woods, swamps, bogs and moist thickets.
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants have a wide range of soil tolerance including wet soils. Best fruit production usually occurs in full sun.