Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'
Black Chokeberry
 
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Family: Rose Family (Rosaceae)
Native Habitat: Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Michigan
   

 

This European selection of a native American chokeberry is an attractive mound of glossy green leaves until fall, when the foliage takes on an extraordinary varnish of red. The white spring flowers are followed by purple-black fruits that hold on the plant nearly all winter. Developed as an orchard plant, the vitamin rich berries are used commercially for juice production in Europe. This is an easy and carefree shrub with interest in all seasons.

Spring Meadow Nurseryt
Ornamental Characteristics:
3 to 4" clusters of small white flowers in spring. Shiny dark-green foliage Large, purple-black, edible fruits and beautiful dark-red color in fall. One of the best shrubs for fall color- vivid and lasting for many weeks.
Habit & Growth Rate: Average growth rate. Will grow 3 to 5 ft. high by 3 to 4 ft. wide at maturity.
Landscape Uses: Foundation planting, shrub border, mixed border. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 3 to 8
Culture: Easy culture. Full sun to part shade. Moist to average soil moisture.