Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Red Chokeberry

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Tips for Homeowners:

Important to prune in winter to encourage new growth.  This shrub does readily colonize so either give it room to spread or remove the suckers to prevent this from happening.

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This shrub is great for naturalizing in areas where there are wet or poor soils, and the ornamental features complete the picture with its red fall color.  Ideal for attracting birds and beneficial insects to your garden.

  • Compact habit with glossy, deep-green foliage
  • Abundant flowers attract pollinators
  • Brilliant red fall color

Great plant for naturalizing, for hedges or for shrub and perennial borders.

Height: 6-10 ft
Spread: 3-5 ft
Zone: 4 - 9
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Red Chokeberry:

It was believed that birds do not like the berries; they just don't like them until after they have been frosted multiple times.  Humans can eat the fruit only if cooked first, otherwise bitter fruit causes choking, hence its common name 'Chokecherry'.  For the best fruit production, grow in as much sun as possible. 

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Border or Bed
  • Cold Tolerant
  • Naturalizing
  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Vigorous
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Fall Color

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Average Water
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands