Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Red Chokeberry

An easy-to-grow native that is adaptable to a wide range of soils. 'Brilliantissima' was selected for the waxy, lustrous green foliage that turns brilliant red in fall. This selection has more flowers and fruit than the species. The flowers attract pollinators while the tart, bitter berries persist into winter. Birds and mammals eat the berries when other food sources are depleted.

Plants will colonize and spread so it is best used in large groups. Very striking in fall with the showy red fruit and foliage. Good choice for roadsides and massing as well as pollinator and winter gardens.

  • Deciduous shrub tolerant of wet soils
  • Bright red berries
  • Brilliant red fall foliage

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Landscape Characteristics
Flowers
Foliage Color
Ornamental Fruit
Specialty Use
Wildlife Garden
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Attracts Songbirds
Classification by Use
Color Impact
Groundcover
Mass Planting
Native
Habit
Spreading
Upright
Light Requirement
Part Shade
Part Sun
Sun
Foliage
Deciduous
Fall Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Growth Rate
Moderate
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Well-Drained
Wet Soil/Wetlands
Foliage Color
Green
Red
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Grows easily in many soil conditions, tolerating wet or dry conditions. Will grow in full sun or part shade but produces more fruit in full sun. Plants tend to sucker and spread. Can be pruned periodically to prevent it from becoming too unruly.