Purple chokeberry, a deciduous shrub, is a natural hybrid of the Aronia melanocarpa and Aronia arbutifolia, with the hybridization being seen in the color of the berries produced.
The Aronias are excellent shrubs for landscapes in the New England area, the early blooms of sweet, white, fragrant flowers in the spring will easily replace the (not native) forsythia, the green foliage will turn to shades of brilliant red and purple in the fall, and the berries will provide both food for wildlife and visual interest well into the winter.
While these berries are edible, they are very astringent, hence the common name “chokeberry.” The berries do best in jams and preserves, and you will see even the birds prefer to leave the majority of them on the bush until late in the season, giving them time to over-ripen.
Fun fact: Aronia berries are one of the richest sources of plant antioxidants. The berries supply: fiber, folate, manganese, iron, vitamins A, C, and E. For more information, click here.
Source: grown from seed from wild plants in Essex county, MA
Aronia prunifolia (Purple chokeberry)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: shrub sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: average, moist height: 3-6' plant spacing: 5' distance bloom time: May bloom color: white
edible parts: fruit. They are astringent raw but delicious cooked or juiced. A great source of antioxidants salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)