Aronia arbutifolia
Red Chokeberry

 Plant Type:
 Hardiness:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Flowers:
White (White (sometimes tinged in pink) flowers (0.3" dia.) on 1-1.5" dia. tomentose corymbs in spring)
 Foliage:
Green (Lustrous dark green foliage in summer); Red (Crimson red foliage in fall (develops best in full sun))
 Fruit:
Red (Outstanding bright red berries that last into January)
 Ultimate Height:
6-10 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
3-5 feet
 Soil:
Widely adapted shrub, especially good on poor soil
 Range:
Northeastern to central United States
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are alternate, simple, elliptic, 1.5-3.5" long and 0.5-0.75" wide. Margins have black-tipped teeth. Dark glands are present along the midrib on the upper side of the leaf. Top dark green and bottom with gray tomentum. Stems also tomentose. (Aronia melanocarpa is not tomentose on its leaves or stems.) Five scaled buds are green tinged red, often completely red, and glabrous. Flowers resemble those of hawthorn.

Additional Information

Except for cultivars, best in large scale situations. Birds do not eat astringent fruits, so they persist. Can become leggy with age. Can also get leaf spots and twig and fruit blight that results in a powdery mold visible on affected parts.

Other plants like this Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry)

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