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Red Chokeberry

Aronia arbutifolia

Full Sun
Frequent watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

3m

1.5m

Min

1.5m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Berries are harvested in autumn when colored and mature.

Red Chokeberry Overview

Aronia berries have the highest concentration of antioxidants present in any fruit, are cultivated as food products and ornamental plants. Sour berries can be eaten raw off the bush, but are mostly processed. The name "chokeberry" comes from the astringency of the fruits, which create a sensation making one's mouth pucker. Black chokeberries(A. melanocarpa) usually grow into a tree while the red chokeberry (A. arbutifolia) is produced on a shrub.

Common problems with Red Chokeberry

Generally problem free

    How to propagate Red Chokeberry

    Suckers

    Remove suckers when plants are dormant and replant them.

    Seed

    Sow seeds in a seedbed in autumn.

    Cuttings

    Root softwood cuttings in early summer.

    Division

    Division from early autumn to spring.

    Special features of Red Chokeberry

    Attractive fruits

    Fruit is a small pome, with astringent flavor, borne in clusters of 10-15 berries

    Autumn colour

    Leaves turn red in autumn

    Other uses of Red Chokeberry

    Ornamental, border, it has good autumn colour.

    Edible

    Medicinal