Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa | Also known as: Chokeberry | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Despite sounding like a nasty Victorian disease caused by smog, this is actually a very attractive plant.

A wonderfully glossy, bushy plant, Aronia melanocarpa, or the Black Chokeberry, sports white blooms in spring and summer. The foliage is dark green, but in the autumn turns a deep red colour with black fruits. It’s a hardy little number, and needs no special skills to successfully cultivate. A great plant to fill beds and borders, and likes free draining soil. Although it’s happy in partial shade, for the most vibrant autumn colours place in an area that enjoys full sunlight.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 3
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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