Upright RedChokeberry

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Love birds and need an outstanding autumn display? Do you have any tough landscape challenges, like soggy ground or dense shade? Want to do your part to help recreate a beautiful habitat for your local community?

Garden designers have fallen in love with the line of Aronia Chokeberry shrubs from Nature Hills! They are such showy plants, and you've likely started to see them being used in commercial landscapes! But these superfruit shrubs are as beneficial to you as they are pretty all year round!

Consider using this beautiful native shrub, as its popularity is really on the rise! The Upright Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia 'Erecta') variety features a very unique upright form, brilliant red fall color, and dramatic red berries for wildlife and winter interest.

These easy-breezy shrubs improve your landscape in many ways. Like Sumac, casual naturalizing plants like these create such magnificent, natural-looking landscapes when used in the right spot. Allow Upright Red Chokeberry the room to spread to the full height and width listed in the Plant Highlights.

Upright Red Chokeberry has superb features and a four-season appeal. You'll adore this shrub all year long. When spring arrives, Upright Red is liberally covered in clusters of dainty pink and white flowers. Butterflies, anyone? Sneak a few for your cut flower arrangements for special May Day baskets.

By late summer, scarlet fruits are hanging in abundant clusters amid the branches, like tiny ornaments decorating for winter. The dark green summer leaves turn such a brilliant scarlet hue for autumn that Upright Red Chokeberry has often been compared to the Burning Bush for the vibrancy of its fall display.

Planting and Application:

Your local songbirds will flock to these generous plants. While the showy red berries taste tart and bitter to humans, little birdies take great delight in this plentiful food source. You'll certainly love the look as your shrub is bedecked from top to bottom for fall and winter interest.

Give this beautiful shrub room to spread out and settle into your landscape. It's perfect to create long, natural drifts in front of taller evergreens. Use a few in loose triangular groups repeated here and there along the length of a naturalized garden border. The upright form makes it an excellent backdrop for your favorite perennials or mixed shrub border.

Turn a low spot in your yard into a Rain Garden. Do your part to help your local watershed by utilizing these easy-care shrubs to filter water runoff from roofs and streets before it flows into storm drains. Upright Red Chokeberry makes wonderful filler plants in periodically wet areas.

The design possibilities for this casual, informal shrub are endless. Make a low-maintenance, hard-working screen along the side of your patio or along the length of your side yard. They will easily block the view of an ugly garage or messy neighbor.

For a solid screen, plant them 2 - 3 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Upright Red Chokeberry looks best when grown naturally and not used as a formally sheared hedge.

Create a diversified, mixed shrub border by adding Blue Muffin Viburnum, Redosier Dogwood and Red Prince Weigela to a bold planting plan with fabulous color and texture. Or plant with other edible landscaping plants like Currants, Blueberry bushes, and Elderberry. You'll enjoy watching the motion of butterflies dancing and birds flitting to and fro, as well!

  • Pretty White Spring Blooms
  • Native Plant is a Butterfly and Bird Magnet
  • Casual Upright Multi-Stemmed Form
  • Bright Red Fall Foliage
  • Excellent Red Fruit Lasts Until the Birds Eat in Winter
  • Fruiting Hedges, Year-Round Color, Wildlife & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Upright Red Chokeberry can literally grow in sun, partial shade, full shade, clay soil, sandy soil, wet soil, and acidic soil. Just about the only thing it won't like is juglone from Black Walnut trees. Think of it as a deciduous accent shrub, with few restrictions, for growing in almost any part of your landscape! Upright Red Chokeberry is adaptable to most soils, including those that remain occasionally wet for short periods. It can grow in sun exposures ranging from full sun to full shade.

For best results, give it a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Apply mulch to keep the root system nice and moist. Use this naturalizing spreading plant in the right spot with plenty of room to do its thing. We suppose it's easy enough to keep the spread in check if you prefer by simply clipping stray root shoots off at the base. But why make more work for yourself? Site it correctly to start with and you'll never have to worry.

Let the plants finish blooming before trimming, and then prune directly afterward to reduce the size, if desired. Stagger pruning cuts and hide your handiwork by dipping your shears below the height of the canopy.

Maintain mature plants with a regular schedule of renewal pruning. Every 3 years or so, remove the oldest, thickest stems out to the ground and allow the younger stems to remain keeping the plants vigorous and blooming and fruiting well.

  • Hardy in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Can Survive Boggy Soils Near Ponds or Streams
  • Easily Grown in a Wide Range of Soils
  • Seldom Severely Damaged by Deer Browse
  • Prune After Flowering

Four-season visual and wildlife appeal, enjoy the natural bounty of these carefree fall color shrubs. You'll feel great about helping out your local ecology and have a terrific-looking landscape. Order Upright Red Chokeberry today at Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Upright RedChokeberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Aronia arbutifolia 'Erecta'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering