Aronia melanocarpa
Common name: 
Black Chokeberry
a-RO-nee-a mel-an-o-KAR-pa
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous shrub, 3-5+ ft (0.9-1.5 m), rounded form; suckers and may form a large colony, twigs nearly glabrous.  Leaves alternate, simple, 2-5 cm long, obovate and often abruptly acuminate, finely serrated, glossy green above, lighter below, fall color from red, red-brown, to purple-black.  (The true A. melantocarpa apparently does not develop fall color; see Dirr, 1998, p. 110.).  Flowers white, 1.5 cm wide, 10-20 per cluster (corymb).  Fruit, pea size, glossy black, ripening in early fall.
  • Sun to part shade, low wet to sandy dry areas, very adaptable.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3    Native from Nova Scotia to Florida and west to Michigan.
  • Its fruit is grown commercially in Europe and processed into juice.   Aronia juice from fruit grown in the Masurian Lakeland region of Poland is available in the US.
  • melanocarpa: melano, black; carpa, fruit
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east of Wilson Hall (near Adams and 11th St.).
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    plant habit, spring flowering

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    flowers and leaves

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    leaves, flowers and fruit

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    leaves and fruit, summer

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    fall color

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    leaves, fall

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    leaves and fruit, fall

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    plant habit, winter

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    fruit and buds, winter

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    twig and buds, winter