Aronia Plants - Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
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.
Black chokeberry was imported to Russia in the 19th century.
Black chokeberries are found in a wide range of climates and a wide range of habitats, suggesting that they tolerate varied 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.
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+.
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.