|Aronia arbutifolia is an upright suckering shrub, 6 to 10 feet in height, 3 to 5 foot spread. Usually forms an open, multi-stemmed shrub, with a tendency to get leggy. Summer foliage is dark green and lustrous, undersides of leaves are gray and furred, in fall the leaves turn a rich crimson to purple red color.
In late spring, white, small flowers appear on 1 1/2 inch corymbs, not particularly showy. The fruit is a small, bright red pome called a chokecherry; even birds refuse them. The ornamental fruit is very effective for fall color in the border, and massed in groups. Adapts well to a variety of soils, prefers well drained, best fruit production occurs in full sun.
Although not seriously bothered by pests, occasional leaf spot, blight and powdery mold can occur. Native from Massachussettes to Florida, over to Minnesota, Arkansas and Texas.