Nero is a hybrid selection known for having large soft fruits that are tart like all aronia, but with a more pleasing texture for fresh eating.
Aronia is native to northern regions of the world, including Canada. A much-touted “superfruit,” the dark, near-black colour of its tart berries hints at its powerful antioxidant properties. Aronia berries can be eaten fresh but they shine in preserves like jams and jellies. Their flavour also lends itself to delicious wine and tea.
Aronia is a year-round winner with delicate white flowers in spring, deep purple berries in summer and fall, and green foliage that turns to a bright red through the late fall and winter.
Also Known as: chokeberries
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Pollinator: Self-fertile, but harvests will be dramatically larger with a pair of plants
Mature Size: 3’-6’ x 3’
Spacing: 5’ apart
Soil: 5.8-6.2 pH
Sun: Full sun, tolerant of some shade
Harvest: Late August to Early SeptemberLatin: Aronia melanocarpa