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Purple Leaf Sand Cherry vs Aronia Berry

Prunus x cistena

Aronia melanocarpa

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Purple Leaf Sand Cherry
Aronia Berry

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry provides bright reddish-purple leaves that turn bronze-green in the fall. In the spring, tiny flowers with a pinkish white hue bloom. The flowers are small, but the impact comes from the shrub blossoming all at once.

The Purple leaf sand cherry can be susceptible to pests and diseases in more humid areas; a typical life span is approximately 15 years. Not suitable for a privacy hedge on its own but is often alternated with lilacs. Often used as an accent plant that attracts birds and bees.

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.

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: wine red to apricot color -- extremely attractive
Flowers: produces single pinkish flowers
Flowers: attractive whitish-pink flowers in loose clusters of up to 8, clusters up to 2 inches in width
Bark: smooth dark red to purple bark
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high



Toxicity: the leaves and seed contain small amounts of hydrogen cyanide but are seldom consumed in any quantity


Other Names: purpleleaf sandcherry
Other Names: black choke cherry, black chokecherry


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