McKenzie Aronia (black chokeberry)

(Aronia melanocarpa)

Full Sun to Part Shade. Blueberry-sized fruit born in clusters, high antioxidants. Self-fertile, but may produce better with pollinator. 8′ tall x 5′ wide

Medium-sized, attractive, native shrub with 3 season interest.  It is also a practical and prolific berry producer.  Aronias have gained fame recently as a super fruit due to their very high levels of antioxidants.  They are flavorful but astringent and not very sweet, so not super great to eat out of hand (although our picky toddlers loved them last summer).  However, they make a tasty addition to smoothies, jam, baked goods, etc.  The bushes are very productive and the blueberry-sized berries form in easy-to-pick clusters.  We have had some success harvesting with a blueberry rake, but prefer to just snip clusters; removing stems afterwards at the kitchen counter.  Berries are firm, so no worries about squishing as you pick, and they hold on the bush for a long time, so you can wait for the whole bush to ripen and pick all at once.  They are also not as plagued by birds as other berries, and are pest and disease free.  One of our favorites for edible landscaping.  Partial shade to full sun.  Self-fertile but may do better with a pollinator.  Zones 3-8. 

A seedling selection with improved vigor, large flower clusters, and good production.   . North American native plant.

3″ pots $4, Quart pots $8, Gallon* pots $16

Plants are rarely available in ALL sizes listed, and availability of plants varies from day to day. Please call before you come to check availability.