Aronia melanocarpa
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Height: 0.9-1.8 metres; 3-6 feet Spread: 0.9-1.8 metres; 3-6 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium Bloom Colour: White with pink anthers Culture: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best fruit production occurs in full sun. Spreads by root suckers to form colonies. Noteworthy Characteristics: Black Chokeberry is an open, upright, spreading deciduous shrub featuring clusters of white flowers in spring which are followed by blackish purple, blueberry-sized fruits. Lustrous, dark green foliage turns an attractive purplish red in autumn. Although technically edible, the fruits are extremely tart and bitter, and are not recommended for eating off the bush, but may be used for making tasty jams and jellies. Garden Uses: Group or mass in shrub borders, small gardens or open woodland areas. Ability to withstand wet conditions makes it suitable for growing on the margins of ponds or streams. Excellent addition to naturalized areas.