50 Native: Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliant’ – Red Chokeberry

aronia arbutifolia chokeberries

Aronia arbutifolia is native to much of the eastern seaboard but since my options for states are dwindling (only 15 states left!!), I will go with Rhode Island.  I have planted this beautiful shrub for many clients…it likes it on the wet side and provides beautiful color in the fall as well as pretty flowers in the spring and berries for the winter.

I am thinking of adding a few to my own landscape to blend my forest edge and also to use the berry juice for jam making.  My grandmother used to make ‘chokecherry’ liqueur from the shrubs that grew in her front garden in the Colorado Mountains.  Though, as I have be researching, I learned that chokeBerry (Aronia arbutifolia) and chokeCHerry (Prunus virginiana) are commonly confused and I now I’m not really sure what it was that she grew.  Whatever it was the bears loved it and would frequently and famously visit her garden for a feast.  We have bears here where I live (I saw one cross the road about a mile from my house 3 years ago) and I would love to see them more often…

1. Chokeberry, Red in bloom, 2. Aronia arbutifolia, 3. Chokeberry Tree

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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