Thriving Native of Plants of Maryland

Black Chokeberry

Black chokeberry

LGS Notes: Black chokeberry is a great source of food for birds. It can be used for erosion control, woodland gardens, and rain gardens.  The foliage turns an attractive red/orange in the fall, and its berries often persist through early winter when the birds prefer them because they are less astringent. According to the USDA plant database the fruit are eaten by ruffed grouse, sharp tailed grouse and prairie chickens. I like planting chokeberry as an upper height plant with some lower plants around its base. Some examples of plant combinations are threadleaf bluestar, Blue eyed grass, spiderwort and Iron Butterfly ironweed.

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Maryland Native Plants That Thrive
Latin name: Aronia melanocarpa
Common Name: black chokeberry
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Rosaceae
Native Range: Eastern North America
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge, Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy, Edible

Tolerate: Wet Soil

Information from Missouri Botanical

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