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PlantFiles: Black Chokeberry
Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aronia (ar-ROH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: melanocarpa (mel-an-oh-KAR-puh) (Info)
Cultivar: Morton
Additional cultivar information: (aka Iroquois Beauty)

Synonym:Photinia melanocarpa
Synonym:Pyrus melanocarpa

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Dec 15, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Another good cultivar of a handsome shrub. This was selected at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, and named 'Morton' and the nursery organization of Chicagoland Grows named it also 'Iroquois Beauty' that is a short shrub of only about 2 to 3 feet high x 4 to 5 feet wide, in expectation, but plants often get bigger than what nurseries say. Young chokeberry plants can be attacked by rabbits; screen them off until they get big. They like to eat the big red buds on my Red Chokeberry shrubs in winter if they are low enough. Birds do like to eat the black fruit in late summer into winter.

Neutral plantaholic186 On Apr 28, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

The local rabbit population loves this plant. One got cut down to 8" this winter, which saved me the trouble of my spring pruning! My three 'Morton' bushes reached 4' in their first year planted.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lisle, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky

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