Black Chokeberry

Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants

Height: 3 to 6'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, well drained; Wide range of soil tolerance including boggy soils.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8

Other Names: chokeberries, glossy black chokeberry, photinia melanocarpa

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Black Chokeberry is an upright, deciduous shrub, bearing fragrant white flowers. It can be found thriving in low woods, swamps, and moist thickets. Its clustered berries are high in antioxidants, and in recent times have been touted as a “superfood“. Berries can have a bitter taste however, hence the unusual name. Used medicinally, it is said to improve urinary tract health, strengthen blood cells, and improve circulation. Some even say it has anti-cancerous properties due to its high antioxidant count. Black chokeberry also displays a beautiful purple-red colored foliage in the fall.

This species has high wildlife value – it’s a larval host for many species of moths and butterflies, and it’s potent flowers are favored by many types of pollinators. Many species of birds and mammals love browsing it’s berries. It’s sure to attract a wide range of wildlife once established and thriving.


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3 to 6'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, well drained; Wide range of soil tolerance including boggy soils.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

chokeberries, glossy black chokeberry, photinia melanocarpa

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Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

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