With small, pretty white blossoms in spring, ‘Autumn Magic’ black chokeberry has orange-red to burgundy-tinged fall color and black berries. A compact, upright deciduous shrub that may form a thicket, it is native to the moist soils of the eastern United States and a thin sliver of southeastern Canada. Individual plants have a cluster of many, thin, dark brown stems that have a white, waxy, semi-flaky film on the twigs, which are reddish-brown.
Small clusters of five-petaled white flowers appear in late spring and may have hints of pink. Bees pollinate the blossoms to form dangling clusters of small , shiny, purple-black berries that contrast dramaticall with the terrific orange-red or purple-red leaves in fall. These robust fruits linger well into winter and are devoured by birds when other more tasty foods are gone.
Perfect for full sun or partially shaded spots, ‘Autumn Magic’ is most prolific in moist, fertile, well-drained acidic soils. However, it is adaptable to many soils and light exposures. Its thicket-producing tendency weakens when the plant is grown in drier or less humus-rich ground. Full sun guarantees best fruiting and brighter fall leaf color. Use it in naturalistic garden designs, or as an accent shrub in a mixed border. It works terrifically as a riverbank stabilizer, or in any large-scale planting in which a billowing mass is needed, especially in roadside ditches or moist swales around paved lots. This cultivar could also be effective as an unpruned, informal hedge if occasional suckering stems are removed.
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Spring, Summer, Fall