Aronia arbutifolia Red Chokeberry is a hard worker in the landscape providing food for birds and insects from spring through winter – what else would you expect from a native plant! April’s flower clusters turn to red berries that rival the fall foliage, making it a great alternative to Burning Bush. Growing 6-9′ high x 3-5′ wide, it’s found from Maine to Florida and west to Texas along streams and bogs so it’s a given that it tolerates wet soil, but it’s also very forgiving of drier sites and poor soil as well. It has a suckering habit so take this into consideration when siting.
Interesting fact: Aronia’s berry clusters become fully ripened once they’ve gone through a few hard frosts.