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Aronia arbutifolia

Red Chokeberry

Red chokecherry is a tough, easy to grow shrub with four-season appeal. Clusters of white flowers bloom in spring and provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects. The dark green, glossy foliage stays attractive all season before it gives way to a rich orange-red fall color. The bright red berries appear in fall and persist into winter providing food for songbirds and game birds.

Benefits

  • White spring blossoms attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects
  • Salmon to scarlet fall color is accented by reddish, peeling bark
  • Great for mass plantings and naturalized areas
  • The bright red berries attract game birds and songbirds in fall and winter
  • Can be used for bank stabilization to stop erosion

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in well-drained soils with average moisture in full sun or part shade. Wide range of soil tolerance including boggy or dry soils. Best fruit production usually occurs in full sun. Remove root suckers if you don't want plants to spread into colonies.


Height
6-10 ft

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Spread
3-5 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Found in pine bottomlands, swamps and open bogs.

Native Trivia

Chokeberries aren't palatable to birds until they have been frosted multiple times, so the berries persist well into the season for you to enjoy.

Good Companions
Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), Witherod (Viburnum nudum), Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Songbirds
Wet Sun
Fall Color
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Acidic
Heavy clay
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Erosion control
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia