Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'
Iroquois Beauty black chokeberry

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DESCRIPTION
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.

 

 

BENEFITS
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 INFO

Native Range

Native to low woods, swamps, bogs and moist thickets.

Interesting Facts

GROWING TIPS

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.

Mature Size: 2-3ft. Wide x 4-5ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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