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Black Chokeberry
Aronia melanocarpa

Edible, pollinator/wildlife benefits, hardy. A spreading shrub of the rose family that grows 3-6' tall. This species is excellent for wet, lake edge plantings. Also used as an ornamental for its showy white flowers, black fruit and fall color. Good in massing, borders and backgrounds in landscaping. Does well in rain gardens with well drained conditions. Spreads aggressively under favorable conditions.

USDA symbol: ARME6

General Information

Plant TypeShrub
Height3 to 8 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade, Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite
Black Chokeberry (Black Chokeberry<div><em class="small">Aronia melanocarpa</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience9
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsMay to June
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedAndrena melanochroa
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden, Sandy or Engineered Soils, Shoreline Buffer
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Sherburne, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Washington
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands