Aronia Shrub - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Lois
Tonica, IL
Question by msdell1931
September 30, 1999
I purchased an Aronia bush ---blackchokeberry and would lke to how to plant and take care of it.


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Answer from NGA
September 30, 1999

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The Black Chokeberry is hardy in Zones: 3 to 8. It will grow to a height of 4' with a spread of 5'. Expect this deciduous shrub to have a rounded form and grow less than 12" per year. The flowers are white and the fruits will be dark purple to black.

Aronia is a suckering, thicket-forming shrub that adapts
to wet or dry sites. The glossy foliage turns red in the
fall and is displayed with the purplish-black fruit. The
plant can be used in naturalistic plantings in sun or
shade.

Cultivars:
'Autumn Magic' - Bright red fall foliage color.
var. elata - A compact rounded shrub with white
flowers. The black fruits persist well into winter.
'Morton' (Iroquois Beauty TM) - A dwarf about 3 feet
tall.
'Viking' - A 4 to 6 foot shrub with glossy deep green
foliage that turns red in the fall. The plant also
produces large black fruits.


No maintenance other than regular watering during the growing season is necessary. Because of its slow growth habit, annual pruning is usually not necessary.

Enjoy your new shrub!

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