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Aronia Berry vs Manchurian Apricot

Aronia melanocarpa

Prunus armeniaca var. mandshurica

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Aronia Berry
Manchurian Apricot

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.

Manchurian Apricot is a winter-hardy relative of the native plum. This tree can stand some drought, but will not handle standing water or saturated moist soils. It can be used in shelterbelts, hedges, or as an ornamental. Manchurian Apricot will also attract songbirds, rabbits, and other rodents if left uncontrolled.

This tree will produce fruit once it reaches maturity at between two and five years old. Other famous cultivars of Manchurian Apricot include Scout Apricot, Moongold, and many more.

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

MANCHURIAN APRICOT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 5 m (18 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: wine red to apricot color -- extremely attractive
Fall colour: orange to yellow
Flowers: attractive whitish-pink flowers in loose clusters of up to 8, clusters up to 2 inches in width
Flowers: early bloom ranging from white to light pink
Bark: reddish to cinnamon brown
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: black choke cherry, black chokecherry


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