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Chokeberry ‘Brilliantissima’ | Plant Profile

Chokeberry ‘Brilliantissima’ are deciduous multi-stemmed shrubs that are native to the woodlands of the American east. Singular plants are vase shaped, but propagate via basal shoots and can easily form large masses. Bunches of white or pink flowers bloom in spring. After the flowers die back, an abundance of small edible red fruits cover the bush. The glossy green foliage become bright red in the fall and creates fabulous autumn and winter interest.

‘Brilliantissima’ prefers medium moisture soils with good drainage in full sun to part shade. These shrubs naturally occur in both wet and dry brush lands so are tolerant of a wide range of soils, including rocky and clay. If fruit production is desired, they are best planted in full sun. Remove basal shoots (reaching root sprouts) to prevent propagation.

‘Brilliantissima’ can be used in a wide variety of landscape applications. They can be left to naturalize on hillsides, flat ground, or along streams or banks. Their multi-season interest also make them suitable for landscaping in yards or near structures.


Chokeberry 'Brilliantissima' Characteristics

'Brilliantissima' are noted for their comparatively compact size and vibrant color compared to other Chokeberry, Even the berries of 'Brillinatissima' are more abundant and larger in size. 'Brilliantissima' are slow growing and generally max out at around 8'. The berries are extremely tart as indicated by the name. They can be used to make jellies or jams with plenty of sugar.

These ornamental shrubs are relatively easy to care for. There are few serious insect or disease issues. Leaf spot and fruit blight can occur, but are usually cosmetic issues. Pruning is not required unless propagation is not desired, in which case the basal shoots should be removed.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
6.00 - 8.00
3.00 - 4.00'
Bloom Time
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?