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Aronia melanocarpa var. elata

Attractive black autumn berries

Complementary fall foliage and fruit are the outstanding features of the glossy black chokeberrry, which is smaller than the red chokeberry. With a fairly upright branching pattern, black chokeberry grows 3' to 5' tall and forms low thickets. Wine-red fall foliage in concert with purplish-black fruits provides an attractive autumn display. Small, white flowers that are borne in clusters in May and June are not considered to be outstanding. Use black chokeberry in home landscape borders. 

Aronia melanocarpa var. elata
Glossy black chokeberry
Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
Type: Deciduous tree/shrub

Mature Size:
3-5 feet

Shape:
upright
  Flower Color:
white
  Bloom Season:
May-June
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
3-8
attracts birds
native to the Midwest
Winter Interest
fruit
  Landscape Use:
screen/hedge
bedding or border
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