Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking')

Botanical names:
Aronia melanocarpa Accepted
Photinia melanocarpa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 5 feet (Spreading by suckers, not invasive)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Other: Glossy summer foliage and gorgeous red fall foliage.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Extra-large 3/4", persistent purplish black berries (used like currants) often lasting 'til Spring
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Other: April
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Suitable for forage
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 3, 2017 8:29 PM

"Viking' is the most commonly planted cultivar for fruit production, then 'Nero' is the second. This cultivar of an eastern North American species was selected in Europe for use as an orchard plant. (The Black Chokeberry from eastern North America has escaped cultivation in Europe and has naturalized there. The specimen I planted in a house foundation bears the fruit heavily so it can bend down the branches. The fruit tastes a little better than the regular Black Chokeberry shrubs, being a little less tart. I like them raw or especially in pancakes. A number of companies sell jams, jellies, and juices from the berries, and they are used more in Europe than America. Even common fruit juice blends often have a little of this juice in them if one reads the label. Viking also blooms and fruits a little earlier than most other Black Chokeberries.

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