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Cultural Details for Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'

Common Name:
Viking Black Chokeberry

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
3-6 feet high

Average Mature Width:
5-6 feet high

Flower Details:
Large clusters of white flowers in May.

Fruit Details:
Present from fall through spring,lustrous black fruits resemble large black currants with very high vitamin C content. Originally developed in Europe as an orchard plant.

Fall Color:
Incredible hues of red, purple, and orange

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Chokeberries are understory and woodland edge plants

Other Features:
The name "chokeberry" comes from the astringency of the fruits which are inedible when raw

Culture and Care:
Will tolerate some drought and will grow in dry soils but prefers well-drained/loamy, sandy or clay soils with a pH of acidic to slightly alkaline. Good, low maintenance plant.

This plant was blooming:
4/19/2010 - 5/10/2010
4/27/2007 - 5/2/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 184

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.