At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Aronia arbutifolia
Foliage: Glossy dark green
Fall Foliage: Rasberry to crimson
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Rounded to irregular
Bark: Peeling reddish
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 6 to 8 feet
Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Aronia Arbutifolia—commonly known as the Red Chokeberry—is native throughout southern Canada and most of the eastern and central United States, given a 4-9 hardiness zone rating. A member of the deciduous Rosaceae family, the Red Chokeberry is partial to wetlands, and is most commonly found in swamps and wet woods, though it can thrive in a range of medium to wet well-drained soils.

The Red Chokeberry is larger than its Black Chokeberry counterpart, growing to heights of 6-8 ft. with a modest 3-4 ft. spread, and favoring full sunlight to partial shade. Its crown is similarly rounded and irregular, but the tree can be further distinguished by its warmly red-toned and peeling bark. The Red Chokeberry’s glossy dark green leaves turn vivid shades of red in Autumn, creating a vibrant tapestry of raspberry-red and bright crimson hues that are a delight to behold in any setting.

In the winter, the leaves are shed, better revealing the Red Chokeberry’s earthy-toned trunk, with its winter twig colors ranging from brown to red to purple. The species’ pink-tinged white flowers bloom in April, a bit later than the Black Chokeberry’s, and these berries—true to the tree’s name—are indeed bright red, persisting well into the winter. As lovely as the berries appear, however, birds apparently don’t like their taste, and many people find them foul-tasting as well. The berries are typically processed to produce jams, jellies, juices, wines, syrups, ice creams, gummies, and even chili starters. The Red Chokeberry also offers plentiful nectar for pollinator insects. Cultivated as an ornamental plant and food source, this tree is a pleasant addition for any garden.

“On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as those in fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels.” –Charles Dickens

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