Black Chokeberry (aronia melanocarpa) is a deciduous shrub from the Rosaceae (Rose) family, which is native to Eastern North America. It is best known as Aronia berry. The fruit is edible even though it is very astringent. It used to make jams, jellies, syrup, tea, juice and wine. The fruit is very high in Vitamin C and various antioxidants. Leaves turn dark red in the fall and does best in full sun or partial shade. Will grow on a wide variety of soils from wet to very dry. No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to canker, powdery mildew, leaf spot, borers, spider mites and aphids. Grows cold hardiness zones 3-9.
The popular other varieties are the following: Amber, Autumn Magic, Brilliant, Brilliantissima, Dwarf, Egerta, Garnet, Harvest 50, Hugin, Iroquois Beauty, Low Scape Mound, McKenzie, Nero, Purple, Raintree Select, Red Aronia, Rolling River, Ruby, Upright, and Viking.
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