Aronia arbutifolia Rosaceae
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, to 10 ft (3 m) high, spread of 3-5 ft (0.9-1.5 m), variable, may sucker and form a colony. Leaves simple, alternate, elliptic to oblong-ovate, to about 8 cm, tip acute or acuminate, margin crenate-serrate, dull green and glabrous above except for midrib, grayish tomentose below; fall color yellow, orange and red. Flowers white or pink, about 1 cm wide, 9-20 in small clusters. Fruit somewhat spherical or pear-shaped, dull or bright red, about 6 mm across, persists into winter.
- Sun to part shade, very adaptable as to soil, moist to well-drained. Excellent for mass plantings or boarders.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (4)5 Native range from Massachusetts to Florida and west to Minnesota, Arkansas, and Texas.
- Brilliantissima ('Brilliant'): has glossy dark green leaves and excellent scarlet fall color and more abundant glossy red fruit; the most popular selection.