Description: Bears clusters of white blossoms followed by showy, deep red berries that persist through the winter
Habit: Grows to 10 feet high and 5 feet wide. Upright shrub with spreading habit
Culture:Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 9
This attractive and vigorous North American shrub grows in bogs, swamps, and moist forests from Nova Scotia to Florida and Texas, especially along the coastal areas. During the 18th century, this species was often classified as Sarbus arbutifdia but sometimes thought to be a kind of pear (hence Pyrus arbutifdia). Bernard McMahon considered it a type of Medlar, calling it "Arbutus-leaved Medlar, Mespilus arbutifdia" in the 1806 edition of his A rmican Gardener's Calendar and Philadelphia nurseryman John Bartram included it among other Aronias in his 1783 Broadside. This very desirable landscape plant guows into a dense clump and has few pests or diseases.
This plant will ship bare root. Two year seedling is 18" tall with 1-2 branches.zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.