Aronia arbutifoliaAronia arbutifolia

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Aronia arbutifolia
  • PRONUNCIATION: a-RON-ia ar-but-i-FOL-ia
  • COMMON NAME: Red Chokeberry
  • FAMILY: Rosaceae
  • NATIVITY: East Coast, west to Texas
  • GROWTH HABIT: winter habit, upright, multi-stemmed shrub
  • SIZE: 6 - 10'.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 4 - 9.
  • CULTURE: well drained soils, prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade
  • LANDSCAPE USE: A bird-attracting shrub used as border, massing, and in groups. Also good for fall/ winter colors of bright red berries.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, elliptic to oblong or obovate, toothed margins crimson red fall color
  • BUDS: Imbricate, usually 5 scaled, green tinged red, often completely red, glaborous
  • BARK: brown
  • FLOWER: white or slightly reddish, about 1/3" in diameter
  • FRUIT: Pome, rounded, and red. Great for fall color
  • PROPAGATION: cuttings/ seeds
  • PESTS: none serious
  • CULTIVARS: 'Brilliant', 'Erecta', 'Professor Ed'


University of Delaware

University of Delaware Botanic GardensNewark, DE 19716Phone: 302 831-0153