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 CharacteristicsNative to eastern North America. Good fall color and attractive fruit. Tolerates wet and dry soils.
CareTolerant 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.
PropagationSow seed outdoors in autumn, or root softwood cuttings in early summer.
ProblemsLeaf spots and rusts are common.