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Viking Chokeberry

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Viking Chokeberry (Aronia x prunifolia ‘Viking’)A compact shrub with glossy dark green leaves, showy white flowers in spring, large black berries, and good red fall color; suckers; a great choice for massing or grouping

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
5 feet
Average Landscape Width:
7 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Aronia
Species:
x prunifolia
Cultivar:
Viking
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
red
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Viking Chokeberry features showy panicles of white flowers with brick red anthers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries from late summer to late winter. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Viking Chokeberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Viking Chokeberry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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