Choke Berry Plants
Aronia Arbutifolia or Chokeberry is an excellent landscaping plant
It is multi-seasonal. It produces beautiful flowers in the summer and flowers, fruit and spectacular foliage in the fall. It can help with bank stabilization, borders, and erosion control. Maximum growth is between 6 and 10 feet tall and between 3 and 6 feet wide. It can grow in full or partial sun. However, best fruit production occurs when it receives full sun. It can also flourish in a variety of soil types from average to medium moisture to the soggy soil. Its ability to grow well in very wet conditions makes it ideal for use on the edges of streams, ponds and other wet areas. The plant can resist most pests and diseases. The common name, Choke berry, denotes what happens when most people try to eat the tart, bitter berries the bush produces. While the berries are technically edible, they are also very astringent. The berries can be used to make great tasting jellies and jams.
Aronia Arbutifolia or Chokeberry
Scientific Name: Aronia Arbutifolia
USDA Climate Zone - 4-9
Tree Height: 6-10 feet
Tree Width: 3-6 feet
Growth/Year: 1-2 feet
Soil Type: dry to swampy
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Scientific Name: Aronia Melanocarpa
USDA Climate Zone: 3-8
Tree Height: 3-6 Feet
Canopy Spread: 3-6 Feet
Soil Type: Medium, well-drained soil.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
The Black Choke-berry is a spreading, rounded yet leggy shrub that grows pretty white flowers in the spring that become attractive blackish-purple fruits in the early fall. It also has attractive and lustrous dark green foliage in the summer that turns a beautiful purplish-red in the fall. The fruit is more ornamental than edible since it is quite bitter, although it can be made into a tasty jam. Black Chokeberry works well as a shrub border or grouped in a native plant garden. Its ability to withstand wet areas makes it a good shrub for growing along ponds or water gardens.