Dwarf Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton' IROQUOIS BEAUTY™ Rosaceae

Growth habit

Shrub - Clonal


Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Biocultural value

The ripe berries were dried and mixed with animal fat and meat to form a protein rich snack called pemmican. The very tart berries were also made into a tea for treating those suffering from colds.


Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Fairweather Gardens


Black chokeberry is an open, upright, spreading, somewhat rounded but leggy, suckering, deciduous shrub that typically grows 3-6’ tall and is noted for its clusters of 5-petaled white spring (May) flowers, glossy obovate dark green leaves (to 3” long), black autumn berries and purple/red fall color. ‘Morton’ is a somewhat more compact cultivar that typically grows to 2-3’ tall and to 4-5’ wide. Plants feature the same flowers, foliage, fruits and fall color as the species.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

growth habit, medicinal/pharmaceutical