This is a small to medium and attractive deciduous shrub, native to North America, which grows to 2-3m in height. The name chokeberry refers to the astringency of the plant's fruits, which, although edible when raw, are quite sharp tasting. However, these black berries, which ripen in late autumn, can be used for jams, wine, juices and tea. They are rich in Vitamin C and are also high in anti-oxidants.
When planted as standalone plants approximately 2m apart with row spacing of 3-5m, these bushes can produce huge amounts of berries, unto 15kg / plant! Can also be planted as hedges 1-1.5m apart, although the yield form each plant is less.
Varieties available Viking and Nero
Viking (Aronia prunifolia) Viking a vigorous plant and produces big crops of large, sweet, juicy berries, rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants. Slightly more vigorous that Nero. The plants grow to 1.5 - 2.25m in height. Viking can also be grown as medium-sized hedge or as stand-alone plants. Very ornamental red foliage in autumn.
Russian cultivar that although slightly smaller than Viking produced a good yield. The berries are sweet and juicy, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. 1.5-2m high. Can be grown as medium-sized hedge or as stand-alone plants. Very ornamental foliage in autumn.