New England Wild Flower Society

Aronia melanocarpa

black chokeberry

Capable of growing in dry sites to wet ones and tolerant of full sun to partial shade it's a wonder that black chokeberries aren't planted more often. Despite the "choke" part of their common name, they are perfectly edible and the berries contain seven times more antioxidants than lowbush blueberries (though are not nearly as tasty)! White flowers in spring, dark blue to black berries in summer and vibrant red fall foliage mean that this species shows off for the majority of the growing season.


Height: 3-10 ft
Spread: 3-6 ft
Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry
Wet
Average
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Attracts Bees
Attracts Songbirds
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Ornamental Interest
Summer Fruit
Fall Foliage
Spring Bloom
Attractive Fall Foliage and/or Ornamental Fruit
Purple to Black Fruit
Red to Purple Fall Foliage
Landscape Use
Massing
Hedge
Rain Garden
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Compaction Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Urban Environment
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Edible


North American Distribution