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Black Chokeberry Shrub - Aronia melanocarpa - is a multi-purpose shrub that adds aesthetics to the garden and, at the same time, brings in various benefits for your health.
It is a deciduous shrub native to the region of Minnesota in North America. It is derived from the acidic and bitter taste of its fruits that might induce a choking effect in most persons who attempt to consume them. It possesses a compact growth habit and produces clusters of white flowers. It rises in an upright and somewhat rounded form as it matures. Its leaves embody a beautiful glossy green color and are shaped either as a lanceolate or in an elliptical structure. These dark green leaves can be about 1 to 3 inches in length.
The color of the foliage itself tends to change with the passing seasons. In autumn, you can see the color evolving from a vibrant red to a deep reddish-purple, adding a splash of color to the surroundings before falling off from the plant during winter. Flowers with five petals grow in clusters during spring which is why it is best to plant Black Chokeberry in autumn or spring since it possesses a sluggish to moderate growth rate.
The suckering ability of this plant, as well as its adaptation to boggy soils, make it a popular choice for mass planting in naturalized areas, soil erosion management, windbreaks, and exceedingly wet soils. It is also known as a hardy plant that can withstand the cold and the heat alike within its growth conditions. It even blooms near the end of spring to prevent frost damage.
It is also a vital food source for birds and wildlife since it produces almost purplish-black to black fruits that are identical to berries in shape. These large black fruits are extremely healthy as they possess a high rate of antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, E, and K are also present in high concentrations in these berries, and several minerals such as zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese, etc. Moreover, they can be used in the kitchen for baking and preparing jams, jellies, syrup, tea, juices, and wines.
Several cultivated varieties exist, including Autumn Magic, Iroquois Beauty, Viking, McKenzie, etc. These are identical in appearance and make it hard to pinpoint their distinguishing features, especially since all of them possess fall colors and produce flower clusters.
The water requirements of these shrubs are modest. It can withstand periods of drought easily as well as periods of floods. However, amid extended dry periods and scorching temperatures, it is preferable if you provide your shrub with a little more hydration.
Make native hedges by growing the plants in clusters throughout your yard or alongside shores.
Posted by Lily Cox on Jan 23, 2022
Loving this shrub when both fruit and flower flourish together. I am so excited for the coming springtime.
Posted by Phin Sappenfield on Apr 27, 2021
The Black Chokeberries fit into our plan to make our yard more bird friendly (and maybe a little jam for Christmas gifts). This was our first experience with TN. Emails keep us aware of where the process was, plants arrived in a well protected shipping container and while we were cautioned they would still be dormant they look healthy to me. They are in the ground and I'm feeling confident for their successful growth. I'd recommend TN based on our experience..
Posted by Addison gray on Dec 23, 2020
I’ve had several deers come and eat the berries off this plant and lots of birds thank you so much tan nursery really lights up my day
Posted by Cassandra Hopkins on Dec 09, 2020
this is a great product. All mine are doing exceptionally well. Shipped fast packed well I'm in love with my shrubs I've ordered. They look great in my yard.
Posted by Patsy Higgins on Aug 27, 2019
These arrived in great shape and packaged nicely. I got them planted.. Can't wait to see what they look like in the spring.
Posted by Lucille Arnold on Aug 23, 2019
The blooms on this plant are very unique and beautiful. Looks great in my gardens!
Posted by Lana`Lowry on Aug 21, 2019
These look great with the wildflowers that I planted them with.
Posted by Kevin Lawson on Oct 02, 2018
received my plants and the are great in size. the shipping was fast and simple. and happy to see instructions came with them.
Posted by Glen King on Jan 28, 2018
Seen the benefits of black chokeberry on Oprah. Love the ones I got from you. All 10 are doing well.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.