Glossy Black Chokeberry
Grow Beautiful Superfruit Glossy Black Chokeberry
- Brilliant Orange, Red and Purple Fall Color
- Rounded Shape Makes a Great Informal Hedge
- White Flowers in Clusters in Spring
- Glossy Dark Green Foliage
- Large Fruit Display Starts Red, turns Purple, then Shiny Black
- Edible Superfruit is Extremely Healthy
- Birds Love the Berries, Too!
- Native Deciduous Shrub
- Very Adaptable and Versatile
- Sun, Partial Shade or Shade
- Wet or Dry Soils
For a hard-working, beautiful landscape that gives you edible berries, and brings birds to your yard, consider using the native Glossy Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa var.elata) in your design plan. This rounded, upright shrub delivers beauty for your yard in every season of the year.
You'll love the fragrant clusters of snow-white flowers in May. Summer leaves are glossy and dark green throughout the growing season. In autumn, the foliage explodes into glowing orange, rich purple and brilliant red, an eye-catching fall color display!
The healthy, deep berries are produced in clusters. They’ll start green, then turn red, then purple and finish black. They’ll hang on well into winter, unless hungry birds eat the berries before the snow flies. Be warned, you will need to fight the birds for your crop.
Aronia berries are the hottest superfruit and are so easy to grow. Each plant can produce as much as 30 or 40 pounds on each plant! Each berry is similar in size to a small blueberry and ripens in late August. Harvest and freeze them to use throughout the year in smoothies and juices. You can also use them in muffins and pies and they make great preserves too.
The incredible health benefits of Aronia have been studied extensively in Eastern Europe for many years. The fruit is a powerful antioxidant over 400% higher than Blueberries. Turns out, Aronia berries are a potent medicinal fruit that can slow the growth of cancer and age-related learning and memory issues.
Look for Aronia farms popping up all across the country. Grow your own and reap the benefits yourself.
Love dry red wine? Try eating fresh berries right from the shrub. Or, add honey or mix them with other fruits that may be a bit sweeter. Freezing them also reduces the astringent character.
Try making a Thanksgiving sauce, substituting Aronia berries for cranberries. Use a few berries to amp up homemade salsas or chilis. Use them with wild rice in a native stuffing, or side dish for roast turkey. Or make delicious and healthy jellies and jams. This berry is going to be hot, hot, hot as we get more educated about eating healthier foods. And you can easily grow them in your yard!
Glossy Black Chokeberry is a beautiful ornamental shrub for any landscape purpose, but is especially well suited for the edge of the woods in sun or part shade, or to establish in naturalized areas in your backyard.
As a landscape plant, what more could you want? Flowers, fruit, fall color all on an extremely adaptable plant. Order yours from Nature Hills today!
How to Use Glossy Black Chokeberry in the Landscape
Use this widely adaptable, colorful deciduous shrub just about anywhere in the landscape. Aronia can also make a very refined specimen plant anchoring a corner with its elegant foliage summer and fall.
Glossy Black Chokeberry can be repeated along the length of shrub borders to unify the planting bed. It’s an excellent backdrop along the north or east side of a perennial garden, too. It’s a beautiful addition to wildlife gardens. It brings fantastic fall color to edible landscapes. It makes a wonderfully ornamental accent in mixed shrub borders.
Plant a hedgerow to corral your edible garden plants. You’ll define the space in a beautiful and easy care way. Add these fruiting plants to your home for a healthy addition to jams, jellies, preserves and pies. The charming berries are large and lustrous.
Aronia hedges offer multi-season interest. These plants grow into an excellent informal, untrimmed hedge. To create a solid screen, plant them 3 feet apart on center. Measure from the center of the first plant to the center of the next.
Let them develop into their natural height and spread. You’ll love the look of these unique screening plants with their amazing fall color; pretty spring blooms and outstanding glossy berries.
Glossy Black Chokeberry grows branches densely all the way to the ground. It’s a nice size for the modern landscape. Try a long row of them against the prevailing winds along the driveway to create very pretty snow fencing.
Aronia can also be used in naturalized in sweeping, informal groups along a woodland garden. Use for erosion control on slopes. It can also be successfully added to Rain Garden to filter polluted water runoff from roofs and streets before it flows into the storm drain and reaches local streams and rivers.
Wherever you use it, enjoy this beautiful ornamental edible plant. Harvest the berries before the birds take the whole crop. You’ll have fun using them to create special healthy treats for yourself and your family and friends.
#ProPlantTips for Care
This valuable, versatile deciduous shrub grows in sun or shade, and everything in between. Aronia adapts to just about any soil, both wet or dry. It can even tolerate a short period of drought once the roots are established in your native soil.
Give young plants a moderate amount of regular water for the first season or two. Check the soil using your fingertip. Push it into the ground up to the 2nd knuckle. Is the soil getting dry? Time to water. Is the soil still damp or moist? Skip watering that day.
Aronia produces flowers on last year’s wood, so if you trim the tips of the branches in fall, winter or early spring, you will essentially be removing the flowers for that season. If you want to shorten up the overall size, wait until the blooms finish.
Rather than tip pruning to control the size, it’s better to simply cut the oldest, thickest and tallest stems down to the ground. You’ll rejuvenate your shrub and reduce the height at the same time.
This pruning practice leaves the thinner younger stems in place to maintain the natural form. It will keep the plant stress free and producing lots of flowers and fruit each year.
Start your year right with lovely clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by finely toothed green leaves shine all summer and glow with lovely fall color. Try the deep, dark Chokeberries in sweet treats or in savory sauces for meats.
This compact, rounded shrub delivers excellent value for the landscape. Order your Glossy Black Chokeberry Aronia today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Aronia melanocarpa var. elata|
|Mature Height||5 - 7 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Sun/Shade|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Fall Color||Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple|