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Genus Aronia (Chokeberry)

Aronia Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of White Flower Farm
ah-ROE-nee-ah Common Name: Chokeberry
The Aronia genus is made up of just two species of deciduous, suckering shrubs from eastern North America. The white or pink-tinged flowers bloom in late spring and are followed by round red or black fruit that is often attractive to birds. The simple, fine-toothed leaves exhibit attractive fall color.
Noteworthy characteristics: Native to eastern North America. Good fall color and attractive fruit. Tolerates wet and dry soils.
Care: Tolerant of most any moist but well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Avoid shallow, alkaline soil. Prune in late winter or early spring, or after flowering.
Propagation: Sow seed outdoors in autumn, or root softwood cuttings in early summer.
Problems: Leaf spots and rusts are common.

Species, varieties and cultivars for genus Aronia

Aronia arbutifolia Aronia arbutifolia
(Red chokeberry)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Fragrant white flowers in spring, red fall foliage, and persistent berries for winter interest make Aronia a valuable plant in all seasons.

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'
(Red chokeberry)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This is an erect shrub with lustrous dark green leaves that turn scarlet in autumn. It produces numerous white flowers tinged with pink, and abundant showy red berries that persist into winter (birds dislike the taste).

Aronia melanocarpa Aronia melanocarpa
(Black chokeberry)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Black chokeberry is a medium-size shrub with multiple seasons of interest. Starting with showy clusters of white flowers in early summer, followed by dark purple fruits greatly appreciated by robins, this adaptable shrub closes the growing season with beautiful, wine red fall foliage. Black chokeberry is most effective when massed in the landscape and allowed to follow its natural tendency to spread by suckering.