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Chokeberries

Aronia arbutifolia

Ariona berry, Red chokeberry (Eng)

Aronia berries have the highest concentration of antioxidants present in any fruit, are cultivated as food products and ornamental plants. Sour berries can be eaten raw off the bush, but are mostly processed. The name "chokeberry" comes from the astringency of the fruits, which create a sensation making one's mouth pucker. Black chokeberries(A. melanocarpa) usually grow into a tree while the red chokeberry (A. arbutifolia) is produced on a shrub.

Planning

Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Berries are harvested in autumn when colored and mature.

Propagation

Suckers
Remove suckers when plants are dormant and replant them.
Seed
Sow seeds in a seedbed in autumn.
Cuttings
Root softwood cuttings in early summer.

Special features

Attractive fruits
Fruit is a small pome, with astringent flavor, borne in clusters of 10-15 berries
Autumn colour
Leaves turn red in autumn

Geography

Origin
America, Canada
Natural climate
Wet woods and swamps in cold climates

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

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