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Brilliantissima Red Chokeberry

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'Brilliantissima' Red Chokeberry is a tough native shrub with three seasons of colorful interest. Deep green foliage and white flowers give way to vivid red foliage and large berries in autumn. A versatile shrub for rain gardens, erosion control, and wildlife habitat, this compact cultivar earned a Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. (Aronia)
key features
Botanical Name
Aronia arbutifolia Brilliantissima
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Naturalizes, Winter Interest, Privacy
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
Mature Spread
36-48" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring


(72-96” tall x 36-48” wide) A native shrub with three-season interest and a strong root system for holding tough spots, 'Brilliantissima' Red Chokeberry, or Aronia, provides a beautiful solution for rain gardens and areas prone to erosion. The oval leaves unfurl in medium green, growing darker as the season progresses, until the cool nights of autumn change them into a brilliant, fiery red. The improved cultivar offers white flowers, dense summer foliage, and autumn fruit and color to enliven garden beds and borders. This graceful shrub is denser and more compact than the species, with larger flowers in early spring that yield larger fruit in autumn – which birds will love. Plant in full sun to partial shade. 'Brilliantissima' can tolerate periods of drought as well as periods of flooding, but prefers a moisture retentive well-drained soil on the acidic side. A native beauty that is beloved by deer – so some measure of  protection must be provided.