Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa, commonly known as Black Chokeberry is a native shrub throughout most of the southern US.  It is a member of the deciduous Rosaceae family of plants and is partial to wetlands and is commonly found in wet, swampy areas but it can survive a range of medium wet to well-drained soils.

Chokeberries are cultivated as ornamental plants and as edibles.  They can be eaten off the bush, or they can be processed into jams, jellies, extracts, or wine.  The name “chokeberry” comes from the sourness of the fruits, which creates the sensation of making one’s mouth pucker.

They bloom in April or May and produce fruit in early fall.  Plant in full sun to partial shade.

They grow 3-5ft tall.  They prefer medium to wet, well-drained soil.  They tolerate a wide range of soil pH from 5.0-8.0

Mild thinning every few years will encourage more growth.