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Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

Also known as

Black Berry Aronia

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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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Black Chokeberry Overview

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 Black Chokeberry

Generally not prone to pests and diseases.

    Black 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 Black 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 Black Chokeberry

    Attracts birds

    Many birds will avoid this berry until all other fruit sources are gone, but will eat from the shrub nonetheless.

    Drought resistant

    Can withstand low water periods, but not extremely prolonged dry periods.

    Hedge plant

    Used as a windbreak and fruit-bearing hedge, is strikingly beautiful most of the year.

    Other uses of Black Chokeberry

    Medicinal. Hedges. Food.



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