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Aronia Berry vs Winterberry

Aronia melanocarpa

Ilex verticillata

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Aronia Berry
Winterberry

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.

Winterberry is a small shrub that produces large quantities of bright red berries that remain on the plant through the fall and into the winter. Adding this shrub to your yard will give it a unique splash of color and attract birds, especially after the leaves drop.

Note: although the foliage is attractive on its own, you need at least one male plant near your female plants or they won't produce berries.

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

WINTERBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: wine red to apricot color -- extremely attractive
Fall colour: bright orange to red
Berries: bright red, stays through winter
Flowers: attractive whitish-pink flowers in loose clusters of up to 8, clusters up to 2 inches in width
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: black choke cherry, black chokecherry
Other Names: black alder, canada holly, coralberry, fever bush, michigan holly, winterberry holly


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes