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 to your yard for 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 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 are the hottest Superfruit and are so easy to grow! Each plant can produce as much as 30 - 40lbs per plant! Each berry is similar to a small blueberry and ripens in late August. Harvest and freeze them to use throughout the year in smoothies and juicing, muffins and pies, and preserves too! Try dry red wine or try eating them right from the shrub. Just don't forget the sweetener - they're not called Chokeberries for nothing! Freezing helps reduce the astringent character.
Glossy Black is an ornamental edible for the edge of the woods in sun or part shade, or to naturalize areas in your backyard. Create bird and butterfly-friendly plantings, rain gardens, hedges, snow screens and privacy that maintains your health! You'll love the look of these unique screening plants with their amazing fall color.
This valuable, versatile deciduous shrub grows in sun or shade, and everything in between. However, you'll have the most fruit in full sun. Aronia adapts to just any soil, both wet or dry. It can even tolerate a short period of drought once they are established. Blooming on last year's wood, be sure to prune only when dormant.
Grow your own Superfruit with powerful antioxidants 400% higher than Blueberries! Order your Glossy Black Chokeberry Aronia today from NatureHills.com!
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.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Aronia melanocarpa var. elata|
|Mature Height||5 - 7 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Moisture||Moist to Dry|
|Fall Color||Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Pruning Time||When Dormant|