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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Synonym: Aronia arbutifolia
A frequent shrub of flatwoods, bogs, titi swamps and along spring runs across north Florida and down the peninsula nearly to Lake Okeechobee. The range includes the southeastern states south of the Ohio River, west into Texas and Oklahoma, up the Atlantic seaboard including Pennsylvania and New York and the rest of New England except Vermont. In Canada red chokeberry occurs in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.
Typically from 2-3 m (6-1/2 - 10 ft.) tall with alternate deciduous leaves that may be elliptic, oval or oblanceolate. The leaves are 4-10 cm (1.6 - 4 in.) long and 1.5-4 cm (6/10 - 1.6 in.) wide with finely toothed margins. The central vein on the upper leaf surface has scattered minute reddish-purple glands. The five-petaled flowers are pinkish, maturing to white, about 1 cm (4/10 in.) across in showy clusters during the spring. The fruit is a rounded red berry 6-9 mm (1/4 - 3/8 in.) long.
This is the only member of the Photinia genus that is found in Florida.