Purple Chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Purple Chokeberry
Aronia prunifolia
Rosaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – dried and used for making pemmican. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in pots outdoors or in a cold frame[113]. Pre-soak stored seed overnight and then cold stratify for 3 months at 2¡c[113]. The seed germinates in 1 – 3 months at 15¡c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring. Since this species is believed to be a hybrid it will probably not breed true from seed. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[200]. Very easy, they can be planted straight out into their permanent positions. Layering[200].
Prefers a moist peaty soil in full sun or partial shade[200]. Succeeds in most soils but dislikes shallow chalk[200]. Plants are hardy to about -25¡c[200]. This genus is closely related to Sorbus species[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. This species is probably a naturally occurring hybrid, A. arbutifolia x A. melanocarpa[200].
Eastern N. America.

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