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Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

red chokeberry

Red chokeberry is considered by many to be the more ornamental of our chokeberry species. White flowers are followed by astringent edible red fruits and vibrant red fall foliage. According to the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources: "This selection is commonly grown by the nursery industry, probably more so than the species. It possesses enhancements to all the desirable features of the species. It blooms and fruits heavily, has larger fruit than the species, produces very glossy, dark green foliage and dependable, intense red fall color." (

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Height: 6-8 ft
Spread: 3-4 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Not Ecotypic in New England
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Fall/Winter Fruit
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Attracts Songbirds
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Erosion Control/Soil Stabilization

North American Distribution

red chokeberry - Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' from Native Plant Trust