Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa 'McKenzie')

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 5-10 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Pollinators: Various insects


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Location: ILDate: 2012-04-17
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Location: ILDate: 2015-08-01
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Location: ILDate: 2012-10-05
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Location: ILDate: 2015-05-08
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Posted by molanic (IL - Zone 5b) on Feb 7, 2017 12:31 PM

Once this plant got to a mature size, it produced so much fruit that the weight pulled heavily on the branches as seen in the one picture I submitted. It ended up splayed out, crushing nearby plants. Birds don't usually eat the berries until they are overripe and shriveling. In recent years I have been thinning out the amount of fruit on the branches before the berries get large enough to weigh down the branches. That way it maintains a more upright tidy appearance. Perhaps a gardener more experienced with pruning could prevent this also. On a positive note, it produces many many large berries for anyone looking to use them.

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