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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.

 

Benefits

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. 


Height
3-6 Feet

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
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