This medium-sized deciduous shrub is prized for its autumn colour.
Aronia x prunifolia 'Brilliant' bears clusters of pretty white flowers in May and June which are followed by purple-red berries in autumn. As the berries ripen the foliage takes on fiery shades of orange and red, for a wonderful contrast.
Also known as the Purple Chokeberry, the tart berries of this Aronia are edible and are used to make jam, compotes and fruit pies. Low maintenance and easy to grow, Aronia even tolerates boggy soils. Height: 1-2m (3-6ft). Spread: 1-2m (3-6ft).
They can be eaten fresh, stewed, dried, or juiced. The berries are very bitter and tart eaten fresh.
The lustrous fruits are red purple or purplish black, slightly larger than black currant, contain vitamin C and other important microelements such as ferrum and iodine. They can be eaten fresh, in fruit salads or sundaes, or processed as stewed fruit, preserves, juices, wines, they are excellent dried. Fruits can be harvested gradually from September to October as they last on the tree/shrub without rotting for a long time.
Brilliant chokeberry is a slower and more compact growing variety. It is self-fertile and needs no pruning to encourage fruiting. But if you do wish to prune it do so at the end of winter. Chokeberry is soil tolerant and fully hardy to -34°C