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Beaked Hazelnut vs Aronia Berry

Corylus cornuta

Aronia melanocarpa

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Beaked Hazelnut
Aronia Berry

Beaked Hazelnut is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to North America.

It features smooth, grey bark and edible nuts. Beaked Hazelnut prefers a rich sandy-clay loam but will grow on poorer sites, and can be used as an understory shrub.

Note: You want more than one hazelnut to improve yields.

Aronia Berry produce black fruit that some people find too astringent, they are also known as Black Chokeberry. It is 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 form all over the shrub.

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.

BEAKED HAZELNUT QUICK FACTS

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
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
Nuts: edible nuts that are attractive to wildlife
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: Not toxic, but tiny filaments from the husk can irritate skin that it contacts


Other Names: beaked hazel
Other Names: black choke berry, black chokeberry