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Green Alder vs Aronia Berry

Alnus crispa

Aronia melanocarpa

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Green Alder
Aronia Berry

Green Alder is a cold hardy, native shrub. It is often planted on infertile sites so it can fix nitrogen from the air and improve the soil quality.

Green Alder is known for its smooth grey bark and attractive shiny green leaves; it is commonly used in reclamation.

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.

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
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
Growth rate: fast
Life span: 50 years
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder
Other Names: black choke cherry, black chokecherry


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