Autumn, 2-3 years after planting. Only harvest when fully ripe. Taste is better after a frost. A berry comb will greatly assist harvesting the small fruits.
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Used by Native Americans as a meat preservative. The name "Chokeberry" was given because, when raw, the fruit typically leaves a dry mouth sensation. It was adapted by Europeans as an attractive landscape plant and wildlife food source. Chokeberries are often mistakenly called chokecherries.
Common problems with Chokeberry
Generally not prone to pests and diseases.
Chokeberry Companion Plants
Betula pumila, Calpogon tuberosus, Chamaedaphne calyculata angustifolia, Dryopteris thelypteris pubescens, Hypericum virginicum, Larix laricina, Osmunda regalis spectabilis, Rhus vernix, Spiraea tomentosa rosea, Vaccinium corymbosum, Vaccinium macrocarpon
How to propagate Chokeberry
Self-Pollinating. Pollinated by insects.
Cuttings should be made to partially hardened stem tissue which has a purple color. Any commercial rooting hormone will be effective.
Division from early autumn to spring.
Special features of Chokeberry
Many birds will avoid this berry until all other fruit sources are gone, but will eat from the shrub nonetheless.
Can withstand low water periods, but not extremely prolonged dry periods.
Used as a windbreak and fruit-bearing hedge, is strikingly beautiful most of the year.
Other uses of Chokeberry
Medicinal. Hedges. Food.
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