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Cultural Details for Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Common Name:
Brilliant Red Chokeberry

Growth Rate:
Forms a suckering colony

Average Mature Height:
6-8 feet high

Average Mature Width:
3-5 feet wide

Flower Details:
White or slightly reddish flowers about 1/3" diameter borne in 9-20 flowered corymbs

Fruit Details:
Glossy red fruit persists into winter; better fruit set than species. Birds dislike because of astringent taste

Fall Color:
Brilliant scarlet fall color, better than species.

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Leaf spots, twig and fruit blight results in gray, powdery mold over affected plant parts; round-headed apple borer; none serious

Native Habitat:
Native to both wet and dry thickets in Eastern US

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Full sun, well-drained soil; tolerates poorer soils

This plant was blooming:
4/19/2010 - 5/10/2010
4/27/2007 - 5/2/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 97

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.