Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Glossy Black Chokeberry

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Aronia melanocarpa var. elata Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Chokeberry
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 4-6'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Upright: rounded
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    An appealing and versatile landscape plant with white flowers in May followed by lustrous black fruit in fall. The foliage is a glossy dark green in summer turning shades of orange and red in fall.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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