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(Aronia melanocarpa) This shrub is so beautiful, easy to grow and so productive that it will become a staple in the American backyard, as it has in Eastern Europe. It is widely being used in delicious juices, soft drinks, jams and wines. It is not an aronias conclusion that this and sea buckthorn are the most productive fruiting bushes in captivity. The handsome, disease resistant bushes, with dark green oval foliage, grow to 5-6' tall with an equal spread. Enjoy white flowers in the spring and pretty red fall color. In August, harvest many clusters of round flavorful, blueberry size fruit. The fruit is tasty eaten fresh when fully ripe. It is very high in Vitamin C. It is native to the eastern U.S. but the best varieties were bred in Eastern Europe and Sweden.