Aronia Plants - Purple Fruited Chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia)
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.