Aronia ‘Low Scape Snowfire’

The ‘Low Scape Snowfire’ Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa Low Scape Snowfire) is an innovative cultivar of the native black chokeberry, distinguished by its compact size, brilliant white spring flowers, and striking fall foliage and fruit. Bred for both beauty and resilience, it’s a versatile shrub that fits well in a variety of garden settings, from borders to mass plantings.

See below for some key features and information.


Description
  • Height and Spread: This cultivar is notable for its compact form, reaching about 1 to 2 feet in height with a similar spread, making it an ideal choice for small gardens or spaces.
  • Leaves: It features glossy, dark green leaves that transition to vibrant shades of red and purple in the fall, adding significant seasonal interest.
  • Flowers: In spring, ‘Low Scape Snowfire’ Aronia is adorned with clusters of white flowers, creating a striking contrast against its dark foliage and attracting pollinators.
  • Fruit: Following the blooms, it produces black berries that are both visually appealing and a valuable food source for birds. The fruit also has high antioxidant properties and can be used in cooking and baking.
  • Growth Habit: This shrub has a dense, mounded growth habit, making it suitable for a wide range of landscape uses without the need for constant pruning or maintenance.
Habitat and Cultivation
  • Native Range and Adaptability: While Aronia melanocarpa is native to North America, the ‘Low Scape Snowfire’ cultivar has been specifically developed for landscape use, combining the ecological benefits of native species with the demands of residential and commercial landscapes. It is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 9.
  • Soil and Sunlight: Prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of soil types, including wet conditions. It performs best in full sun to part shade, with more sun leading to better flowering, fruiting, and fall color.
  • Watering: While established plants are drought-tolerant, regular watering during the first growing season is crucial to establish a deep, extensive root system.
Care and Maintenance
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is needed. If desired, pruning can be done after flowering to shape the plant or maintain a more compact size, but this is typically not necessary due to its naturally compact growth habit.
Landscaping Use
  • Its compact size and attractive features make ‘Low Scape Snowfire’ Aronia a versatile choice for a variety of landscaping applications, including front-of-border placements, ground covers, and container plantings.
  • It can also be used in mass plantings to create a low, dense hedge or as an accent in mixed borders, where its seasonal changes in color can be appreciated up close.

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