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Unique, compact habit and four seasons of interest.

Aronia melanocarpa Iroquois Beauty™

A dwarf, much bushier chokeberry with amazing tolerance to extreme wetness and droughts. It is a perfect shrub for urban spots.

Iroquois Beauty™ is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub selected for its unique compact, non-leggy habit, showy display of small white flower clusters, glossy foliage, abundant production of black fruit, and attractive orange to deep red fall foliage. It establishes quickly and slowly forms colonies via root suckers. Flowers: Showy 2-inch-wide clusters of small white flowers are produced in early to mid-May. The flowers resemble other members of the rose family such as several Cotoneaster species and Pyracantha coccinea. Foliage: Lustrous dark green foliage remains clean and disease-free all summer, turning an attractive orange to deep red in fall. Best fall color develops on plants sited in full sunlight. Fruit: Black to purplish-black, 1/3-inch berrylike fruits are borne in slightly pendulous clusters. The fruit can persist until late fall/early winter, although native birds can consume the majority of the fruit earlier. The compact form and relatively small size of Iroquois Beauty™ make it suitable for a number of landscape uses. It blends effectively in a foundation planting as well as in a shrub border. The small scale makes it useful in transitioning between perennials to larger-scale shrubs. It blends extremely well in the naturalistic landscape or woodland garden. The fruit is a good food source for wildlife.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Iroquois Beauty chokeberry
  • Botanical Name

    Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Origin

    Iroquois Beauty™ is a selection from the collections at The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois. It originated from seed collected in a bog habitat in Kane County, Illinois.

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Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    3' tall by 5' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil

    Adaptable to a variety of conditions
  • Moisture

    Wet to dry soil conditions
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, foundations, naturalized plantings, wet areas, urban gardens
  • Propagation

    Softwood Cuttings
  • Pruning

    Aronia flower in later spring on new growth. They fruit in late summer and into autumn. If your plant needs pruning, be sure to do it in mid to late winter.

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