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Western Sand Cherry vs Aronia Berry

Prunus pumila var besseyi

Aronia melanocarpa

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Western Sand Cherry
Aronia Berry

Western Sand Cherry is known for its unique, leathery grey-green foliage and beautiful white blossoms. It is a popular ornamental shrub in parks and front yards. Both you and the wildlife will love its edible small dark red to purple cherries.

Due to its small stature and spreading qualities, Western Sandcherry is suitable as an underplanting or groundcover.

Many people graft plum and cherry varieties to Western Sand Cherry and use it as rootstock. It is also popular to graft hardy apricots to.

Aronia Berry 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 they produce black fruit 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.

We do not grow Aronia Berry every year.

WESTERN SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.9 m (3 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: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Fall colour: wine red to apricot color -- extremely attractive
Berries: small purple cherries
Flowers: small clusters of white blossoms
Flowers: attractive whitish-pink flowers in loose clusters of up to 8, clusters up to 2 inches in width
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: black choke cherry, black chokecherry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes