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PlantFiles: Red Chokeberry
Aronia arbutifolia

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aronia (ar-ROH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: arbutifolia (ar-bew-tih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Aronia arbutifolia var. glabra
Synonym:Pyrus arbutifolia
Synonym:Pyrus arbutifolia var. glabra
Synonym:Photinia pyrifolia

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a shrub with a loose, open, graceful habit. The white May flowers are showy, though malodorous (like Callery pears). The red fall fruits are also attractive, and fall color is a good red.

This shrub has been widely promoted as a native alternative to the ecologically invasive burning bush (Euonymous alatus). It will never have the dense twiggy habit of a burning bush, and it isn't suitable for shearing. It also spreads by suckering, sometimes aggressively, and may not be appropriate for all applications.

It has its own charms, different from burning bush's.

Because the cultivar 'Brilliant' is what's available in commerce, all the other comments on Plantfiles have gone to its separate entry.

Positive redcamaro350ss On Jul 23, 2009, redcamaro350ss from Statesville, NC wrote:

Im really surprised to see no reviews. This is a great native shrub. The blooms are a beautiful white, with dark red stamens. The white of the flowers is secondary to the red cloud the stamens produce. This is not a slow growing shrub, although it typically takes one to two years for them to get established. Produces Gorgeous red berries in the fall. The only downside I can really say about this plant is that it tends to spread by runners that have to be kept under control. Height can be an issue but it can be easily trimmed into the shape you desire. Just be careful on timing as not to lose the flowers or berries. Wonderful alternitive to the invasive burning bush (Euonymus alata). One of my favorite garden shrubs. With the proper publicity this shrub could reach the heights of Hydrangea macrophylla, or Viburnum opulus.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama
Hampton, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Crothersville, Indiana
Dunkirk, Maryland
Pasadena, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Statesville, North Carolina
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Dickson, Tennessee
Chester, Virginia

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