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Aronia Plants - Purple Fruited Chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia)

$ 18.00

Sun

Zones 4-9

Good  nectar source for bees

 shrub -may be pruned

pH 6.5-7 (neutral to slightly acidic) 

likes moist soil

shipped as 12-18" plant

appropriate for living fence or windbreak

 

“chokecherries”, is a different plant.

Purple chokeberry is a cross between A. arbutifolia and A. melanocarpa and originated in America.  It is now widely planted across the world.  Fruit is produced in dense clusters all along the branches. Has a fuller flavor than Nero. Can grow in dry soil and part shade. Reddish-purple fall color.  Plants produce when 2-3' tall. 6 ft. tall with a 4 ft. width at maturity.  

Purple chokeberries are found in a wide range of climates and a wide range of habitats, suggesting that they tolerate varied conditions. They prefer well drained locations but  tolerate both drought and boggy conditions . For best performance of this plant as a fruit crop, full sun is required.

Soil pH and fertility: Black chokeberry performs well in slightly acid soil. pH  6.5-7.0. Yearly compost application increases vegetative and fruit production. 

Pruning: optimal production is achieved when plants are pruned to a 3 ft  height every 4-5 years after they reach 8-10 years of age. Can spread by suckering.  

Harvest: Determination of optimal harvest date is an area of current research. I recommend picking fruit in August to September as late as possible before browning of the fruit occurs. This will maximize the nutritive, antioxidant levels while maintaining fruit quality.

Yield: @ 5lbs per plant, begining in year 2 an maximizing year 5 and beyond.


Problems: aphids, beetles.  Not attractive to birds.  Attractive to deer.  

Shallow cultivation keeps weeds and suckers in check
Harvest: @ 1 hour needed per 7lbs of fruit.  Fruit are not easily damaged after harvest.



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