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ARONIA melanocarpa 'Autumn Magic'

Commonly known as Black chokeberry

White hawthorn-like flowers in spring, black fruits and brilliant autumn colour

  • Deciduous - waxy leaves, 8-10cm (3-4in) long, turn smoky-red or purple in autumn.
  • White
  • Height - 2m (6½ft)
  • Spread - 3m (10ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - upright, suckering shrub. Produces corymbs of flowers to 1cm (½in) across, followed by berries to 1cm (½in) across.
  • Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Berries - These plants have berries.
  • Good to know - wildlife plant
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - eastern North America.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Pruning group 2 - Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs and trees that flower in Spring or early Summer on previous year's growth, including plants that produce new growth at or near ground level.
    Pruning: Prune flowered shoots to strong buds. Cut back approximately 1/4 of old shoots to the base to promote replacement growth.
    When: Annually, after flowering.

    RHS groups 2 & 3
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Bird friendly
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2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

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