Native to eastern United States and Canada, this shrub tolerates extreme cold, damp soils, heat, wind and drought. It has white flowers that have a pink tinge followed by bright red or black fruit, bitter to the taste (hence its name). This plant is not bothered by rabbits, squirrels nor deer.
A. arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry) 10 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide; red berries; vivid red fall color
A. a. Brilliant grows 6 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide; has reddest fall color
A. melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) 6 ft. tall by 10 ft.wide; black berries; red to purple fall color