Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
    Rose Family

    This medium-size shrub is highly adaptable in the landscape. Its suckering nature makes it a great candidate for erosion control, natural hedges, or drainage easements. It can tolerate a wide range of soil and moisture conditions, but will produce the most fruit and have the best fall color in full sun. Early spring blooms are numerous, but short lived and are replaced by fruit that turn black when ripe in late fall/early winter. Fruits are considered a last resort for birds late in the season. Black chokeberries are considered to be among the highest sources of antioxidants found in fruit. While too astringent to eat raw, fruits can be frozen and dried to add to food, or made into jams.

    Blooms: White, 2-3 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: Glossy, dark green leaves turn brilliant shades of red and orange in the fall
    Height: 3-6’
    Space: 3-4’
    Soil: Moist-Average, occasionally flooded, fairly adaptable
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Bees, butterflies, fruit for birds, host plant for over 29 lepidoptera
    Seeds: Small, dark fruit typically remain on the plant through winter and are a last resort for birds, popular fruit for people
    Deer Resistance: Low
    Zone: 3-8
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains, rare in the Sandhills and Piedmont
    Provenance: PA, seed grown