Red Chokeberry

Scientific Name:  Photinia pyrifolia (Aronia arbutifolia)

Light:  Sun to Part Sun

Zone:  4 to 9

Height:  1.5 to 13 feet

Width:  3 to 6 feet

Flowers:  March to May, white, purple-tinged, showy

Fruit/Seed:  September to December, red berry, showy

Fall Color:  orange to red

Butterflies:  Flowers attract butterflies

Birds:  Birds eat the  berries in late winter and the caterpillars the plant hosts in warmer months.


Deer Resistant:  No but Seldom Severely Damaged

Insects/Pollinators:  Flowers attract pollinators

Native:  Carroll and all of Maryland

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It may serve as a  native substitute for the invasive, exotic Euonymus alata (burning bush).


x prunifolia – This hybrid with the native A. melanocarpa is an upright-rounded shrub with white flowers that mature to deep purple fruit. It grows to 12′ tall and wide and offers good red fall color.

‘Brilliantissima’ –  blooms and fruits heavily, has larger fruit than the species

‘Low Scape Mound’  – 1to 2 feet


Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Red Chokeberry – USDA Plant Fact Sheet

Red Chokeberry – Missouri Botanical Garden

Red Chokeberry – University of Connecticut Plant Database

Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance – Rutgers


Recommended for Wildlife by

Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Audubon Backyard Bird Watcher by Burton & Kress

HG120 Native Plants of Maryland

Bringing Nature Home by Tallamy

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Dove & Woolridge

Additional information


Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8


Part Sun, Sun


Clay, Dry, Loam, Moist, Wet

Flower Color


Flower Season


Fruit Season

Fall, Winter


Carroll, Coast, Mountain, Piedmont

Wildlife Value

Beneficial Insects, Food for Birds, Nectar

Notable Features

Containers, Erosion Control, Hedge, Rain Garden, Salt Tolerant


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