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late season 'Viking' berries with colchicum

Aronia mitschurinii 'Viking'

Black Chokeberry

Plant Type:


Aronia mitschurinii 'Viking' (form. A. melanocarpa) – A beautiful form of Black Chokeberry with loads of cream-white spring flowers followed by late season large black fruits in clusters so heavy that branches often weep. Semi-glossy leaves are rounded and resemble those of pears; handsome through the growing season these pick up nice autumn colors best achieved in more sun. Bark is light gray-silver and reflects winter light. This multi-stemmed shrub may attempt colonization but very slowly and over a long period of time. 'Viking' is a very good and long-lived wildlife plant, a heavy producing Scandanavian selection with very fine ornamental qualities. in Europe Black Chokeberry is used in juices and preserves and is, apparently, chock full of healthful benefits but will require some sweetening for it to become more palatable; muse upon its common moniker: “chokeberry”! Site in full to part sun in fertile, draining soil for best results though it is fairly tough and adaptable. Established potted Black Chokeberry, cutting grown.


6-8 ft


6-8 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Aronia mitschurinii 'Viking'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Natural Garden
  • Woodland
  • Shrub Border
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown