Aronia arbutifolia
Red Chokeberry

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Red Chokeberry
Aronia arbutifolia

Red chokecherry is a tough, easy to grow shrub with a 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 rich orange-red fall color. The bright red berries appear in fall and persist into winter providing food for songbirds and game birds.

  • 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

Native Range

Found in pine bottomlands, swamps and open bogs.

Interesting Facts


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.




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.


Mature Size: 6-10ft. Tall x 3-5ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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