Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa Iroquois Beauty™)

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Iroquois Beauty™
Cultivar name: 'Morton'
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Plant Spread: 4-5 feet (Remove root suckers to prevent colonial spread)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Black autumn berries (blueberry size). Best fruit production usually occurs in full sun. Fruits are sometimes used to make tasty jams and jellies.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Other: May
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Toxicity: Other: Tart and bitter berries, which are technically edible but so astringent as to cause choking in those who try.
Pollinators: Various insects

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Date: 2013-10-09
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2015-06-24foliage with tiny developing fruit in late June
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-07-16upright and not full at bottom from shade
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-22group close to parking lot
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-22mass near west side parking lot
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-22part of mas on west side
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-22foliage & fruits
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2015-06-24a mass of shrubs
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2016-07-23shrubs massed in a planting
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: late June 2016close-up of the leaves
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Comments:
Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 13, 2013 5:13 PM

Aronia comes in black fruited and red fruited varieties. Iroquois Beauty is one of the black fruited ones. A dwarf form, it makes a nice short shrub that stays short.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 18, 2017 9:00 PM

'Iroquois Beauty' or "Morton' was a cultivar selected at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois from seed that came from near Kankakee, IL. It is a little more compact than the mother species and tends to get a little better fall color. It is probably the most common cultivar in the northern US east of the Mississippi and a little beyond west. Its leaves are definitely sharp and tend to be more narrow than most of the species. The abundant fruit looks a little smaller and shinier and rounder than the average Black Chokeberry.

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