Black Chokeberry

Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

Plant Characteristics:

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Size class: 6-12 ft
  • Native Habitat (I.e. not planted in a garden): Lowlands, bogs, dunes, bluffs
  • Bloom time: May

Growing Conditions 

  • Light:
    • Partial Shade
  • Soil:
    • Moisture: Wet
    • Description: Moist, Acidic (pH<6.8)
  • Condition comments:
    • Very flood tolerant


  • Intermediate food source for birds
  • Attracts birds
  • Alternative to invasive


  • Deer browse
  • Rabbit browse

Additional uses: 

  • Edible fruit crop
    • Cannot be eaten raw
    • But they are high in antioxidants and good for baking, jams, jellies, syrups, etc.