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Red Chokeberry

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Red Chokeberry – Aronia arbutifolia: This fantastic shrub is perfect for massing or grouping, spreading by suckers. It boasts extremely showy red fruit following beautiful white flowers in the spring and brilliant scarlet fall colors, making it an excellent choice for wet locations.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
7 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Aronia
Species:
arbutifolia
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
red
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Red Chokeberry features showy panicles of white flowers with brick red anthers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It produces red berries from early fall to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Red Chokeberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Red Chokeberry will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

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