Aronia loves to grow along the edges of swamps, ponds, and adapts to a range of soil types. These amazing shrubs are renowned for their incredible phytonutrient rich berries, giving them the reputation as a medicinal powerhouse. They are native to eastern North America, and are able to thrive in really cold conditions. The berries are not very good eaten fresh, but where they really shine is in juices and other processing. They make great preserves and can be added to all kinds of beverages. Aronia is also a great choice if you like planting things for wildlife. They fruit quite well in part sun, making them a great addition to the lower understory of a food forest. Their bright wine red fall colour and showy spring flowers are also something to rave about!
Aronia grows to around 5 ft tall, making it perfect for small spaces or as a hedge. They tolerate most soil types, but prefer consistent moisture. They are self fertile. They will produce fruit in part sun, but will produce more in full sun.
|Latin name||Aronia Meloncarpa|
|Sun Requirements||Full sun-part shade|
|Average year to bear fruit||3-5|
|Harvest Time||late summer early autumn|
|Soil||any soil, although they prefer moist soil|