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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - cooked. A good flavour but very astringent[1]. The fruit should be fully ripe before being eaten and is best after a frost or two[K]. It makes a good jelly when sugar is added and is also dried and used for making pemmican[1]. The fruit is rich in pectin and can be added to fruits that are low in this substance when making jams etc[1]. Pectin is also said to protect the body against radiation[2]. The fruit is about 9mm in diameter[3].

Fruit

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Material uses

The fruit is a source of pectin[1], a substance that is used to thicken jams etc and as a culture medium in laboratories.

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

An infusion of the berries has been used in the treatment of colds[4].

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Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in pots outdoors or in a cold frame[5]. Pre-soak stored seed overnight and then cold stratify for 3 months at 2°c[5]. The seed germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[6]. 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.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[5]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[3]. Very easy, they can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.

Layering[3].

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Cultivation

Prefers a moist peaty soil in full sun or partial shade[3]. Succeeds in most soils but dislikes shallow chalk[3]. More tolerant of dry soils than other members of this genus[3].

Plants are hardy to about -25°c. There is at least one cultivar developed for its improved fruit. 'Nero' has fruits twice the size of the species with a vitamin C content of 15 - 30 mg (per 100g?). The fruit is borne in clusters of about 15, it is more flavourful and the yield is about twice that of wild forms[1]. Other cultivars developed mainly for their ornamental value include 'Viking' with extra large berries and 'Aron' with numerous large berries[7]. The sub-species A. melanocarpa elata Rehd. and A. melanocarpa grandifolia (Lindl.)Schneid. are more vigorous than the type species with larger flowers and fruits[3]. This genus is closely related to Sorbus species[3].

Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[3].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Aronia melanocarpa. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Aronia melanocarpa.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Aronia melanocarpa
Genus
Aronia
Family
Rosaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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