Aronia arbutifolia

Red Chokeberry


Also known as Photinia pyrifolia

Plant Specifics

Size:6-12 ft tall by to 4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Noted for:Interesting bark, Fall color, Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Beautiful early spring-blooming shrub. Grow at edge of wooded areas or as a specimen.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Various birds eat the berries including titmice, nuthatches, warblers, chickadees, cardinals, grosbeaks, and orioles.


Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  Pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Wet sites. Seep slopes, wet flatwoods, edges of swamps.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Berries are edible, but do not taste good, hence the chokeberry name.
General Comments:Often grows with ink berry and palmettos.