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- Latin Name- Aronia Arbutifolia Hardy Planting Zone- 4-9 Mature Height- 6-8 ft Width- 3-5 ft Sun or Shade- Partial Shade
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Red Chokeberry – Aronia Arbutifolia
The beautiful red chokeberry plant is a deciduous shrub that grows primarily in Eastern North America. The Latin word for the striking plant, Aronia arbutifolia is commonly grown in the New England part of the U.S., as well as in parts of Texas and Florida. It thrives in both dry and wet thickets, and it's a hearty, tough garden plant. The vivacious-looking shrub is best planted in moist soil with good drainage. Each sturdy plant consists of long, slender stems with medium dark green, oblong leaves that feature white or pale pink blossoms and crisp, red berries. The purple blooms come out in the Spring, and the red berries are often utilized to make jelly and jams. In the Fall, the blooms become reddish and orange with the berries tasting the ripest in that season.
The tall, succulent plant is a member of the Rosaceae family, and it grows to about 6-10 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide in maturity. According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, the red chokeberry develops it's the best growth in Zones 4-9. And don't be fooled by its natural elegance, each ornate shrub is strong and drought tolerant. It can grow successfully in sunshine or partial-shade and is also great at withstanding environmental elements such as salt and pollution, which makes it an ideal plant for urban gardening. Aronia arbutifolias are least susceptible to pests and diseases, which is also another good trait of the plant species. Maintaining red chokeberry shrubs in a garden is a must because of it's flourishing nature. Once planted, the lovely foliage will clone itself because of suckers, vibrant stem-growths that directly come from the shrub's root system. Allowing red chokeberry plants to multiply in a garden can be especially desirable if it's being grown as a decorative hedge.