mid- to late May through early June
5 to 8 ft.
4 to 6 ft.
eastern North America
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Black chokeberry is a suckering shrub that forms a dense colony. It grows clusters of small white flowers in May that turn into black fruits in late summer. Its glossy green leaves turn a radiant red color in fall. It can tolerate periodic flooding or wet conditions, but will sucker more in wet areas.
There is one black chokeberry growing at the Xeriscape Garden. It has grown fairly well. It has never become overly vigorous through suckering because its growing in a dry location.
Its most attractive quality is the red color of its leaves in the fall. Birds like to eat the fruit.
Prune out dead branches as needed.