Native to Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States, this branching shrub forms well rooted clumps that can spread. Flowers are usually white (or pink) and they produce black fruits that some people find too astringent, hence they are also known as Black Chokeberry. People who like the taste and not the astringent tannins often blend the berries or juice in with other things.
Some find that Aronia is an attractive ornamental plant for the garden. These shrubs grow well under other trees and their fall color is a vibrant red. It is common to see it used as a hedge.
The berries have their own unique flavour. The polyphenols and anthocyanins are touted as healthy antioxidants and lots of research seems to be underway on the health benefits of this fruit.
Zone: 3a Height: 1.8 m (6 ft) Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft) Moisture: normal Light: partial shade, full sun Fall colour: wine red to apricot color -- extremely attractive Flowers: attractive whitish-pink flowers in loose clusters of up to 8, clusters up to 2 inches in width Growth rate: fast Life span: short Maintenance: low Suckering: medium
Other names: black choke cherry, black chokecherry
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