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PlantFiles: Purple Chokeberry
Aronia x prunifolia 'Viking'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aronia (ar-ROH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: x prunifolia
Cultivar: Viking

Synonym:Aronia melanocarpa

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Loretta_NJ On Jan 16, 2015, Loretta_NJ from Pequannock, NJ wrote:

I have this plant for fourteen years now and it is a very small tree in part shade. The white flowers are charming, similar to ninebark. In spite of what I read, the berries are snapped up before fall. I've never had any going into winter. Individual leaves start turning a bright orange and drop after the berries are done so the plant is one of the first to lose its leaves. Because of the casual way my plant turns color and drops its leaves, I never had a big fall show.

Positive Rickwebb On Aug 22, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I bought one of these great plants from a native plant nursery in southeast Pennsylvania and planted it near a foundation of a big, old house. However, I really think "Viking' is the Black Chokeberry of A. melanocarpa. Its leaves are wider and more rounded than the Purple species and the fruit is a little bigger. Look in the Black Chokeberry 'Viking' to see my photos. I found two plantings of the straight species Purple Chokeberry at Morton Arboretum in ne ILL shown in the other section of this plant. It is hard so far to find this plant species and any photos that I can find are copy righted, so some others put some nice photos here.

Positive bflanger On Mar 21, 2007, bflanger from Verden
Germany (Zone 7b) wrote:

It grows well on sandy soils in zone 7b in Germany and is drought resistant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Pequannock, New Jersey
Grants Pass, Oregon
Nashville, Tennessee

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