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Aronia prunifolia - (Schneid.)Graebn.

Common Name Purple Chokeberry
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Low woodlands[200].
Range Eastern N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Aronia prunifolia Purple Chokeberry


obert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester.
Aronia prunifolia Purple Chokeberry
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Aronia prunifolia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 2.5 m (8ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from October to December. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - dried and used for making pemmican. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moist peaty soil in full sun or partial shade[200]. Succeeds in most soils but dislikes shallow chalk[200]. Plants are hardy to about -25°c[200]. This genus is closely related to Sorbus species[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. This species is probably a naturally occurring hybrid, A. arbutifolia x A. melanocarpa[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in pots outdoors or in a cold frame[113]. Pre-soak stored seed overnight and then cold stratify for 3 months at 2°c[113]. The seed germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring. Since this species is believed to be a hybrid it will probably not breed true from seed. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[200]. Very easy, they can be planted straight out into their permanent positions. Layering[200].

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NORTHERN AMERICA: Canada (Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick (southeast)), United States (Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Illinois (north), Wisconsin, Kentucky, Maryland (west), North Carolina, Virginia)

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Aronia arbutifoliaRed ChokeberryShrub3.0 4-9  LMHSNM200
Aronia melanocarpaBlack Chokeberry, Black Berried AroniaShrub2.5 3-8 MLMHSNDM312
x Sorbaronia hybridAronia x mountain ashTree3.0 3-8 MLMHNM302

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Esther Blanch Sardà   Mon Mar 23 2009

Bon dia, Necessitaria resoldre un dubte sobre l'Aronia prunifolia. Hi ha traducció en català? He consultat vàries pàgines d'Internet i a enlloc surt el terme traduït. Moltes gràcies.

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