A tough, dependable plant with four-season interest, Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry) is a tall, multi-stemmed, semi-evergreen shrub adding beauty to the garden. In spring, a profusion of white to light pink flower clusters appear along the branches. The foliage of elliptic, glossy dark green leaves turns brilliant red in the fall and is often compared to the flamboyant Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus). The flowers are followed in late summer by abundant clusters of red berries that persist throughout fall and well into winter. Along with the reddish-brown, exfoliating bark, they add color to the winter landscape. Easy to grow, Red Chokeberry species is native to both wet and dry thickets primarily in eastern North America. It forms sizable colonies and is excellent for naturalistic landscaping. Red Chokeberry provides high wildlife value to any garden. In spring the flowers provide nectar and pollen to native bees and butterflies, including mason, miner, and bumblebees. The showy fruit are an excellent food source for a wide variety of over-wintering songbirds and for migrating birds such as thrushes, catbirds and waxwings.
Height: 6 - 10'
Spread: 3 - 5'
Spacing: 3 - 5'
Exposure: Part Sun (4 to 6 Hours) or Full Sun (6+ Hours)