Minimum Spacing: 3-8’ min (can be grown close as a living fence or hedge)
Light: full to partial sun
Shade: tolerates moderate shade, performs better in full sun
Moisture: wet to dry soils
PH: tolerates 5-8, prefers acid to neutral
Pollination & Propagation: self fertile/pollinated by insects; plant sends up suckers/shoots
Harvest begins at: 2-6 yrs
Interesting Growing Considerations: does not tolerate juglone (found in walnut trees)
Overview: Chokeberry, later re-branded as its scientific name Aronia, is an easy to grow and care for shrub or small tree. The plant is a beautiful red at least three times a year in spring, fall, and winter. Recently “discovered” by the health food industry as a superfood, the Aronia berry-- so tart even birds will avoid it until the dead of winter-- has become quite the commodity. Health benefits include being high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It has found recent popularity as a fruit juice, its flavor improved with other sweeter fruit juices. The plant can be pruned like a tree or grown as a hedge row or living fence. It is strikingly beautiful most times of year. It is drought resistant, and
Planting: Aronia can tolerate a variety of growing conditions, but performs best at ideal conditions (see above). It self propagates and can be grown as a hedge or living fence. Berries are ripe in fall, and best after first frost.
Harvest and Uses: Aronia berries are excellent as jams, syrups, or wine -- anything that can be sweetened with other juices or sugar. It can be juiced and stored. Juice can be reduced to make a syrup. Dried berries are used for tea.