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Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'

Black Chokeberry /

‘Viking’ was selected in Europe for use in orchards but gardeners quickly discovered it’s many attributes as a landscape plant. Masses of fragrant, white flowers bloom in spring a bit earlier than the species. Gorgeous red fall colors and extra large berries follow the glossy summer foliage. Persistent, purplish black berries are high in nutrients and can be used for pies and jellies or left on the shrub to provide food for birds and other wildlife. The berries can persist into spring feeding the first returning robins.



  • Brilliant red fall foliage
  • Extremely hardy and perfect for hedging
  • Black berries persist and birds love them!
  • Spring flowers are a great source of nectar
  • Deer Resistant and easy to grow
  • Berries are high in antioxidants

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Viking' is self-fertile, so you need plant only one for a full crop of berries. It needs no pruning, is quite drought-tolerant once established in your garden, and as a native shrub, has proven remarkably resistant to pests and diseases. In other words, it is utterly trouble-free and very, low maintenance. 

3-6 Feet


3-5 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Native in the open woods and meadows from Minnesota to Maine and south to Arkansas and Georgia.

Native Trivia

Aronia berries are harvested in September and October and are quite sour, hence the common name, Chokeberry. Enjoy them in an array of foods as they are rich in vitamins. One of the true super fruits, they are high in antioxidants with huge health benefits.

"No shrub provides me with better cover and food than this one!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium to Tall Shrubs
  • Small Shrubs
  • Filtered Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Forest
  • Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Bog, water garden
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Erosion control
  • Hedge, screen
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Ornamental fruit
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin