Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry) grown in 7-gallon pots.
Red fall foliage of Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry).
Brilliant red berries of Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry).

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' (Red Chokeberry)

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Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' is a cultivar of chokeberry, a multi-stemmed, understory shrub native to the American east and southeast. The 'Brilliantissima' cultivar is more compact than the straight species, and produces larger, glossier berries and foliage with brighter fall color

In spring, Aronia arbutifolia produces small white to light pink flower clusters, which appear along the branches. Flowers are rich in nectar and attract butterflies and other pollinators. Successfully pollinated flowers are followed by abundant clusters of red berries that persist throughout the fall and winter seasons providing birds and wildlife with late season forage, and setting a striking impression in the cooler months alongside bright red fall foliage. Berries are edible and may have some health benefits, but may be too sour and astringent to eat on their own, but work excellent as jellies or liqueurs.

 'Brilliantissima' grows to six to eight feet tall, and about half as wide, and grows best in average, medium-moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Although it may grow best under those conditions, 'Brilliantissima' is a very hardy cultivar, and has a wide range of tolerances, including resistance to acidic and waterlogged soils, and tolerance of part shade conditions. More sunlight produces more flowers and a deeper red fall color, but this Aronia cultivar will also be the perfect addition to any naturalized woody area.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Tree Height: Small: under 15 feet
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet and Wide Tolerance
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White and Pink
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Berries, Erosion Control, Fall Color, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, and Wet Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Woodland Garden, Meadow, Small Space, Wetland Restoration, Rain Garden, Border/Screen, and Specimen Tree

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