Black Chokeberry Bush

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Latin Name- Aronia Melanocarpa Hardy Planting Zone- 3-8 Mature Height- 3-6 ft Width- 6-10 ft Sun or Shade- Partial Shade OR Full Sun
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Black Choke Berry - Aronia melanocarpa

The Black Chokeberry Bush has elliptical shaped leaves that are a dark, glossy green and are 1"-3" long. In the fall, they turn stunning shades of red, orange and purple. 2"-3" clusters of delicate white flowers with pink anthers will begin to appear in the spring. Each tiny flower will have five petals. The flowers will give way to dangling 1/4" - 1/2" berries. They will ripen in the late summer to early fall and will be purplish-black to black. These tart-tasting berries are often used in jams, jellies, syrups, wines, juices, and teas. The high level of antioxidants makes this fruit a health food. The Black Chokeberry bush grows in zones 3-8 in full sun. It needs moist, loam, sandy soil that has a pH of 5.1-6.5. It is a medium growing bush that will reach a height of 3'-8'. Landscapers often use them for erosion control, as a low hedge, and as windbreaks.

The Black Choke Berry is a dense-growing bush that is commonly used to protect marshland, swamps, and coastal shores. The compact root system helps the plant hold steadfast letting it withstand more wind than most plant life. It is often placed in front of windbreaks and protected marshes to absorb low-level air currents. This rounded shrub can reach eight feet tall and between two and six feet wide depending on the competing plants surrounding it. Long, slender, dark green leaves with jagged edges adorn the thin, twig-like stalks of the Black Choke Berry.

In the early spring, there are clusters of five-petaled white and pink flowers that gather at the ends of the shoots in two and three-inch bouquets. These flowers produce fruit that turns purplish-black later in the year, typically around Labor Day. The leaves change from a bright green to brilliant shades of reds, oranges, and purples. The plump fruit is edible but is used in jellies, preserves, and other baking items.