McKenzie Black Aronia Berry Plant

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Also referred to as McKenzie Black Chokeberry, this rounded, upright growing shrub serves as a hardy ornamental and edible; showcasing beautiful, white blooms in the spring and plump purple berries that ripen in September. The McKenzie displays beautiful fall colors of red and orange, making this 4-season shrub a great addition to your edible landscape.

Renowned for its antioxidant rich berries and high nutritional value, the Mackenzie Black Aronia is native to eastern North America. The berries are quite juicy but begin to shrivel after ripening. Aronia berries can be eaten fresh on their own or used as an ingredient in pies, juices, and tea. Many describe the complex flavor as tart and earthy when eaten fresh.

This aronia berry bush attracts songbirds and butterflies but is hardy enough to deter deer and rabbits. Most birds don’t bother, only eating the berries after the first frost.

Aronia berries prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade and is adaptable to a variety of climates and soil types.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.8 - 6.2
Taste Astringent
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow aronia berry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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