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Plant Species of the genus Aronia

Information about this genus
Name: Aronia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: These shrubs are well suited to informal plantings and woodland edges. They require a deep moist well-drained soil and will grow in semi-shade or sun. Sunnier sites will encourage better fruiting and autumn coloring. The shiny black cherry and pear slug can cause unsightly damage to the foliage but can be controlled with a carbaryl or pyrethrin preparation. Propagate from half-hardened cuttings, layering, removal of suckers or seed sown in autumn.
Description: This genus of deciduous shrubs from woodlands of eastern USA contains 2 species and a naturally occurring hybrid. A member of the large rose family, it is closely allied to Pyrus (pear) and Sorbus (rowan). The shrubs are of compact size bearing white or pale pink spring blossoms that are followed by small berry-like fruits of red, purple or black which give rise to the common name of chokeberry. The foliage colors attractively in autumn in shades of red and crimson.

Specie Vernacular Zone
arbutifolia 4-9
Aronia 3 prunifolia 4-9
melanocarpa 4-9

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