Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zones vary by species.
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Ample WaterRegular Water
Ample, Moderate


Deciduous, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries

Native to southern Canada andthe eastern U.S., chokeberriesare tough, undemanding shrubs,useful as fillers or backgroundplantings. Small white or pinkishflowers in clusters are prettyenough—but the fruits that followare highly decorative andlast well into winter. Fall foliageis brightly colored. All chokeberriestend to spread by suckeringand are somewhat leggy (goodfor planting beneath). Toleratemany soils. Prune oldeststems to ground in late dormantseason; restrict heightand increase bushiness byheading back upright stems.

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima', photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima', photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia

Click to Enlarge

Aronia arbutifolia

Clumpingshrub to 6–8 ft. tall, with manyerect stems bearing shiny leavesthat are rich green above, palerbeneath. Clustered, long-lastingfruits are 1/2 in. wide and brilliantred. Fall foliage is likewisebright red, and plants tend tocolor early. ‘Brilliantissima’ (A.× prunifolia ‘Brilliant’) has finefall color.

You Might Also Like...


Curious rather than beautiful relatives of calla (Zantedeschia), attractive both to children ...

Tiarella trifoliata unifoliata

Native fromAlaska to Northern California,east to the Rocky Mountains.Dark green leaves divided intothr...


Narrow, stiff, evergreen leaves grow in compact tufts or basal rosettes; small white, pink, rose, or r...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More