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Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Fine fall color for the shrub border

In fall, red chokeberry has spectacular red leaf color and red berries. It is an upright, multistemmed suckering shrub attaining heights of 6' to 10'. Renewal pruning will prevent the plant from becoming too leggy. Small white flowers appear in late spring but are not particularly showy. Bright red pomes develop in fall, and they remain firm and glossy until midwinter. 'Brilliantissima' is a Chicago Botanic Garden favorite. Use this plant in the home landscape in mass plantings or borders. 

Aronia arbutifolia
Red chokeberry
Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
Type: Deciduous tree/shrub

Mature Size:
5-8 feet

Shape:
upright
  Flower Color:
white
  Bloom Season:
May-June
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
4-9
attracts birds
native to the Midwest
Winter Interest
fruit
  Landscape Use:
screen/hedge
bedding or border
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