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




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:

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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


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Pequannock, New Jersey

Grants Pass, Oregon

Nashville, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.