Chokeberry

FAMILY: Rosaceae | GENUS: ARONIA

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Ample Water

Plant Details

Native to southern Canada and the eastern U.S., these are tough, undemanding shrubs useful as fillers or background plantings. They tolerate a wide variety of soils. All tend to spread by suckering but are somewhat leggy (good for planting beneath). Small white or pinkish flowers appear in late spring and are followed by showy fruit that lasts well into winter. Fall foliage is brightly colored.

red chokeberry

aronia arbutifolia

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • Clumping shrub to 68 feet tall and about half as wide, with many erect stems bearing shiny foliage that is rich green above, paler beneath.
  • Fruit is clustered, 14 inches wide, brilliant red, long lasting.
  • Fall foliage is also bright red, and plants tend to color early.
  • Brilliantissima is a selection with exceptionally fine fall color.

black chokeberry

aronia melanocarpa

  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • Lower growing than A.arbutifolia, to just 35 feet tall, rarely taller; spreads to about 10 feet Foliage turns purple-red in fall.
  • Shiny black, 12 inches fruit.
  • Autumn Magic has fragrant flowers, reliable fall color, and large, long-lasting fruits.

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