At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Aronia melanocarpa
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Red, yellow, and orange
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: May
Shape: Rounded to irregular
Bark: Brown and smooth
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 8
Size: 3 to 6 feet
Spread: 3 to 6 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

The Black Chokeberry is one of the most vibrant shrubs of its kind that are native to the United States. Medium-sized, typically extending to a height and width of 3-6 ft., the Aronia Melanocarpa is widespread throughout all of eastern North America. Boasting a 3-8 hardiness zone rating, it can be found from Newfoundland to Georgia and westward from Minnesota to Arkansas. Adaptable and hardy, the Black Chokeberry tolerates salt, compact soil, dry or wet conditions, various pH levels, and is resilient to most types of pests. It thrives especially well in medium to wet well-drained soils, and becomes a strongly suckering plant when it is well-tended in cultivated landscapes.

Retaining its beauty year-round, the best seasons for the Black Chokeberry are Spring and Autumn. In May, the shrub erupts in white blossoms with dainty rose-pink anthers; in the summer, the clustered flowers are followed by bunches of fruit: dark, glistening berries that resemble black grapes or olives. The berries are edible, and much appreciated by wildlife and humans alike, though they can be fiercely astringent when raw; rich with antioxidants, they are most frequently used for jellies, jams, teas, juices, wines, and syrups. As the season shifts to cooler months, the Black Chokeberry’s deciduous and fine-toothed dark green leaves turn glorious shades of copper, orange, and gold before they are shed, revealing the tree trunk’s smooth brown bark.

Because of its compact size, flashier colors, and rounded form, the Black Chokeberry is sometimes preferred over other similar shrubs, regarded as being more user-friendly. Especially in a limited space, however, it should be maintained carefully in order to control the suckers (if so desired) and to retain a clean environment. It is valued by many gardeners as a visually pleasing and—quite literally—tasteful addition to their landscapes.

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