Aronia x prunifolia 'Professor Ed'

Professor Ed Black Chokeberry

Categories: Shrubs

It typically grows slowly to 8-12’ tall. It tends to sucker somewhat like amelanchiers (serviceberries). Clusters (corymbs) of 5-petaled, white (sometimes tinged pink) flowers (1/2” across) appear in spring. Flowers are followed by abundant purple fruits (1/3” diameter) which appear in dense clusters along the branches.

More About Aronia x prunifolia 'Professor Ed'

  • Aronia x prunifolia is a hybrid deciduous shrub that is called purple chokeberry (or purple-fruited chokeberry) in recognition of its purple berries. It is considered to be a natural hybrid between Aronia melanocarpa and Aronia arbutifolia.

Fruits ripen in late summer and persist throughout fall and well into winter. Obovate to elliptic, dark green leaves (to 3” long) are grayish-green and hairy beneath. Foliage turns wine red in autumn. Common name of chokeberry is in reference to the tart and bitter berries which are technically edible but so astringent as to cause choking in those who try.

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8-12 ft


3-4 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Aronia x prunifolia 'Professor Ed' Characteristics


  • Screening/Hedge
  • Bog
  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Naturalizing


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Shade Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average
  • Moist

Bearing/Fruiting Time

  • Mid season

Bloom Time

  • Early-mid season

Disease Resistance

  • very disease resistant/doesn't require spraying

Fall Color

  • Wine Red

Flower Color

  • White

Fruit Qualities

  • tart flavor

Fruiting Attributes

  • good for jams/jellies/juices


  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Upright, rounded

Plant Size

  • Dwarf (6-9')