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Aronia

Chokeberry
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries

Native to southern Canada andthe eastern U.S., chokeberriesare tough, undemanding shrubs,useful as fillers or backgroundplantings. Small white or pinkishflowers in clusters are prettyenough—but the fruits that followare highly decorative andlast well into winter. Fall foliageis brightly colored. All chokeberriestend to spread by suckeringand are somewhat leggy (goodfor planting beneath). Toleratemany soils. Prune oldeststems to ground in late dormantseason; restrict heightand increase bushiness byheading back upright stems.

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima', photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima', photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia

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Aronia arbutifolia

Clumpingshrub to 6–8 ft. tall, with manyerect stems bearing shiny leavesthat are rich green above, palerbeneath. Clustered, long-lastingfruits are 1/2 in. wide and brilliantred. Fall foliage is likewisebright red, and plants tend tocolor early. ‘Brilliantissima’ (A.× prunifolia ‘Brilliant’) has finefall color.

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