Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton'

Aronia melanocarpa ‘Morton’

Compact variety of chokeberry, but best suited for mass planting as it will eventually sucker to form colonies. After dark green glossy leaves emerge, plant produces fragrant white flowers that become clusters of large, edible, dark purple-black berries. Berries are prized for their high antioxidant content, can be eaten fresh, and are more commonly used in baking, jams, juice, and wine. In the fall the leaves turn outstanding colors ranging from orange to scarlet red into deep maroon purple. Unpicked fruit will persist through the winter providing visual interest and a valuable bird food source. Does well in full sun to part shade and is tolerant of most soil types.

Plant Height at Maturity

5 feet

Plant Width at Maturity

5 feet

Growth Rate


Growth Habit


Landscape Uses

Hedge | Water Garden

Environmental Features

Native Species | Water-wise | Pollinator Friendly | Bird Habitat | Wildlife Forage Source

Tough Sites

Alkaline Soil | Wet Soil

Seasonal Interest

Fall Color | Spring Flowering

Flower Color