Aronia arbutifolia - Red Chokeberry
Family: Rosaceae

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Aronia arbutifolia is a deciduous shrub known for shiny green summer and red autumn foliage. Red Chokeberry has colorful, pendulous fruits, is very adaptable to moist/wet sites, and is appropriate for naturalizing and for attracting wildlife.

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  form2 form Form

-small shrub; to 8' tall x 4' wide

-multi-stemmed and spreading due to suckering

-upright columnar when young, becoming arching vase-shaped with age

-medium growth rate

foliage2 foliage Foliage

-dark green; deciduous

-alternate arrangement; obovate; finely serrated; shiny and glabrous above

-autumn color - green to orange to wine-red, with all three colors on the same shrub at the same time; Oct.; autumn color can be spectacular


-white; May; 1" diameter inflorescences; attractive but not overwhelming


-small red fruits in pendulous clusters; dazzling

Oct. and winter persistent

-common name comes from bitter taste of the fruits


-brown-red; with striking bright red conical buds partially curling around the stem; lateral buds the same size as terminal buds; stems numerous and upright

trunk Trunk

-not applicable

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-full sun to partial shade

-tolerant of poor soils and moisture (wet or dry) but prefers rich, moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil

-takes well to pruning

-generally stress tolerant

-abundantly available in B&B or container


-zones 3 to 9


-native to Eastern North America, Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Michigan

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-wet site tolerant

-red, persistent fruits


-suckering can be either desired or detrimental


-mass plantings, borders, informal hedges, or low screens


-fine texture in foliage and when bare

-thick density in foliage and when bare (when young), but open density in foliage and when bare (when mature, due to arching habit)

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Varieties and Cultivars - Search OSU PlantFacts for additional plants in this species


-good-foliaged small shrubs with erect to arching multi-stemmed habit

-small shrubs with attractive and sometimes persistent fruits (Amelanchier, Viburnum trilobum)


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