Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' Red Chokeberry
Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'
This deciduous shrub has it all! Fruit for the birds, nectar for insects, cover for wildlife and multi-season beauty. Clusters of spring blooming white to light pink flowers provide loads of nectar for pollinators. Dense clusters of glossy red fruit follow the flowers. The fruit ripens in late summer and persists through winter. The glossy foliage turns brilliant red in autumn, making it a terrific alternative to the non-native, burning bush (Euonymus alatus).
Compact plant that makes an excellent hedge and provides cover for wildlife
Lustrous foliage with superior red color in the fall
Abundance of large glossy fruit provides late season berries for birds
Prolific flowers provide nectar in spring for early butterflies and pollinators
Tolerant of a wide range of conditions including wet or poor soils
Swamps and bogs, also drier thickets; Newfoundland to Florida along the coast, from New England west and south to Ohio and Kentucky down to Texas.
Chokeberries aren't palatable to birds until they have been frosted multiple times, so the berries persist well into the season for you to enjoy.
Easy to grow in well-drained soils with average moisture in full sun or part shade. Wide range of soil tolerance including boggy or dry soils. Best fruit production usually occurs in full sun. Remove root suckers if you don't want plants to spread into colonies.