Common Name: chokeberryScientific Name Genus: AroniaFamily Name: RosaceaeIdentification NotesGrows well in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, even wet soils. Native HabitatEastern North America. Growth HabitThe form is vase shaped, reaching 6-10' tall and 3-6' wide. Can be suckering. LeavesGlossy, dark green above and pubescent graysih-green underside. Leaves grow up to 3.5" long with an elliptic shape. Fall color is generally a bright red, can have a mix of oranges. FlowersCorymbs of small white or light pink five petaled flowers. Spring FruitClusters of glossy red fruits in fall persisting into winter. Bloom TimeSpring - May Common ProblemsNo serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spot, twig blight and fruit blight. Varieties or CultivarsBrilliantissima: more compact - 6-8 foot tall - better red fall color and larger and more abundant fruit in fall. Related SpeciesAronia melanocarpa Landscape UsesGood in mass in the shrub border. Tolerance of wet conditions make it a good choice for rain gardens, wet areas, or near ponds. Native. Natural look with vase shape and colonizing habit. Needs maintenance for a tidier look.