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Iroquois Beauty™ Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'

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Product ID#: airoq
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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Bloom Time Spring
Soil Conditions Normal, Clay/Heavy, Dry, Wet
Fall Color Burgundy/Purple, Orange, Red
Flower Color White
Fruit Color Black, Purple
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 3-4' x 4-5'
Iroquois Beauty™ Chokeberry is a mid-western selection of the native Black Chokeberry. It has clusters of white flowers in spring followed by a display of black fruit from late summer through fall. Late fall brings excellent purple fall leaf color. Iroquois Beauty is a more compact selection that rarely gets taller than 3 ft. It has an open, upright spreading form in the landscape. Plant in mass along shrub borders, open woodland areas, or individually in small gardens. It also is known by gardeners to be great along streambanks because its tolerant of wet soil. Lastly, Aronia berries are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C. They can be eaten fresh when ripe, where the flavor is sweet, although the astringent pucker explains the origin of the colloquial name, chokeberry.
  • Sun, Part Sun/Shade
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 3-4' x 4-5'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring
Key features
  • Attracts Bees
  • Attracts Birds
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Native
  • Rain Gardens
  • Attracts Pollinators
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Iroquois Beauty™ Chokeberry Shrubs

Preparation
  • Choose a sunny location for your aronia Chokeberry bush.
  • Partially shady locations will work, but they won't have as many berries.
  • They aren't picky in regards to liking a certain soil type. 
  • They prefer moist soil conditions, but they will tolerate dry and sandy.
  • Add some compost to your soil as you plant this Chokeberry shrub.
  • The Iroquois Beauty™ Chokeberry can withstand wet winter and dry summers.
Opening Plant Material
  • Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove from the container.
Planting
  • You can plant in early spring.
  • In light soils that parch quickly, mulch in spring with moisture-conversing, bulky organics to keep roots cool and active.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
  • Water frequently when newly planted.
Pruning - After Planting
  • Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Late in its dormant season, prune some of the older branches of your bush down to the ground to promote a new growth and a bushier form. Harvest your aronia berries late in the fall when they taste ripe. You can even wait until after a light freeze.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as oft en as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • For the first couple years try to keep the moisture consistent. Water once or twice a week to provide an approximate inch of water a week to the plant. Once the plant is mature, it will require less water and will be more adaptable to whatever moisture Mother Nature provides.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

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Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.

 

Shipping Dates by Region*

 

Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th

 

Shipping Dates by Season*

 

Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November

 

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