Aronia melanocarpa

Growing Information

Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight: Sun, Part Shade
Soils: Moist to dry, average
Bloom Time: White flowers in May, June
Size: 3-10 feet in height; 3-6 foot spread

Plant this multi-stemmed shrub in a wildlife or mixed shrub border to show its small masses of flowers followed by showy fruit. When planted in full sun, foliage will be deep red in fall. It can spread by root suckers forming colonies. Drought tolerant once established and tolerates occasional flooding.

Garden Companions

Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum), Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis), Steeple Bush (Spirea tomentosa), Speckled Alder (Alnus incana), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

Nature Benefits

• Showy fruits attract birds in winter.
• Offers nectar for bees and other pollinating insects.

Native Habitat

Occurs in bogs, wet thickets, margins of ponds and lakes, woods.

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