Deciduous, late spring-flowering North American shrub
Description: Bears lovely clusters of white blossoms followed by attractive black berries; shiny, leathery foliage; showy fall color ranges from orange to red to purple
Habit: Grows from 3 to 6 feet high and wide; upright, multi-stemmed, spreading shrub; suckers to form colonies
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and average, well-drained soil; tolerates dry or boggy soils
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: Eastern North America
Attributes: Attracts birds; Edible fruits; Fall color; Rain garden
This adaptable and vigorous eastern North American shrub grows in bogs, swamps, moist forests, and in some dry uplands from Newfoundland to Georgia and west to Minnesota and Arkansas. Introduced into cultivation around 1700, this species boasts multi-season interest and has few pests and diseases. The fruits are edible but very astringent, hence the name “chokeberry,” so are best used in jams and jellies. Beneficial to wildlife for food and habitat, the Black Chokeberry is best when allowed to naturalize along water margins, in open woodlands, or on slopes for erosion control.
This plant will ship bare root. Approximately 18" tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.