Aronia Arbutifolia is the scientific name for the Genus and species of Red Chokeberry
plant. Red chokeberries grow on short trees that are close in appearance to their black-berried cousins, however
the beautiful berries are very bright red and sure to catch your eye.
This is why aronia arbutifolia is almost always used as a decorative landscaping tree, as their
nutritional offerings pale in comparison to aronia melanocarpa. Add to
this the fact that this tree can grow further south, and that it does very well growing underneath bigger trees
(including the lack of sunlight that implies) and it's easy to see why red chokeberries have been the most popular
aronia plant in the United States over the last century.
Yes, those bright, red berries are edible, and in fact are the only aronia berries you can eat
without sweetening them first! (Ok, so they won't win the best-tasting-fruit award, but they make a great jelly or