Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, sand
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, colonizing, fall interest, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Aronia arbutifoliaAlso known as:
Aronia arbutifolia var. brilliantissima, Aronia arbutifolia var. glabra, Aronia glabrescens, Aronia pubens, Aronia pumila, Aronia pyrifolia, Crataegus pyrifolia, Halmia tomentosa var. pyrifolia, Mespilus arbutifolia, Photinia pyrifolia, Pyrus arbutifolia, Pyrus arbutifolia var. glabra, Sorbus arbutifolia
Aronia arbutifolia is an exceptional deciduous shrub with year round interest. Its fall foliage is among the showiest of any native woody plant, with brilliant hues ranging from rich orange to bright red. It has a multi-stemmed habit, and can reach 10 to 12' at maturity. It produces clusters of white in mid to late spring, followed by showy clusters of red fruit that persist through winter. Exfoliating reddish-brown bark, provides additional winter interest.
Red chokeberry is easy to grow, and adaptable to a wide range of conditions. Fall foliage and fruit production are best when grown in full sun. It is not particular about soil type, although rich well-drained ones are best. It is very tolerant of wet, almost swamp-like conditions, while also being able to withstand extended dry spells. A great choice for rain gardens. It has a suckering habit, which can be easily controlled if one wishes to maintain it as a specimen, or it can be left to spread and form a thicket. Zones 4-9
Collected seeds should be stripped of the fruit for storage. A period of cold moist stratification will be required to break dormancy. Also easy to propagate by softwood cuttings, or digging up and transplanting suckers.
Although the fruit is consumed by some birds, it is usually a food of last resort. Aronia arbutifolia is one of the best alternatives to the introduced, invasive burning bush (Euonymus alatus).
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
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