Grow Superfruit and Enjoy this Native Beauty
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, snow white flowers in May. The large, glossy green foliage in summer turns a brilliant red and purple in fall. It then produces pretty, scarlet red fruits that deepen to black and hang on well into winter. That is, 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 that are so easy to grow. A woody deciduous shrub that flowers in spring and then clusters of black fruits ripen in later August that can be harvested and frozen to use throughout the year in smoothies and juices. You can also use them in muffins and pies and they make great preserves too.
Why Aronia? Well…Aronia berries are over 340% higher than blueberries in total Antioxidants!
As the shrubs grow and get larger they produce more and more fruit each year. The berries look just like a blueberry and freeze and store beautifully. Fresh berries are very astringent, and taste like a dry red wine (hence the common name Chokeberry). Look for Aronia farms popping up all across the Midwest and northern areas. Grow your own and reap the benefits yourself.
If you like things a little sweeter, you WILL want to add sugar or freeze the berries before you try them. 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!
The Glossy Black Chokeberry is a beautiful ornamental shrub for any landscape purpose, but is especially well suited for the edge of woods in sun or part shade, or naturalized areas in your backyard. In that setting, we'd advise letting any suckering new plant grow to maturity as they will. It will fill in nicely as a colony, and you'll love the natural look.
For a more formal hedge, remove any "volunteers" that come up and plant them further down the line to expand your border. Or, gift it to that jealous neighbor or family member who has been eyeing this beauty in your yard.
- Rounded Shape Effective For Many Design Applications
- Brilliant Red and Purple Fall Color
- Black Fruit in Winter Attracts Birds
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||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Partial Sun|
|Fall Color||Red, Burgundy / Purple|