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A closeup of the Viking Chokeberry's round, black berries and green oblong leaves

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Mature Height: 3-6' tall
  • Mature Width: 3-6' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 5-6' apart



  • Large clusters of juicy black fruit that are loaded with antioxidants appear in September
  • Berries can be used for jams, jellies and juice - or left as winter snacks for the birds
  • Self-fertile, so you only need one plant in order to get fruit
  • Glossy green foliage turns shades of brilliant reds and oranges in the fall
  • Beautiful white blossoms emerge in Spring for the pollinators to enjoy
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    Viking Chokeberry

    Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

    Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'

    Regular price Sale price $67.20 Regular Price
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    Why the Viking Chokeberry?

    Strong tasting like the fearless Vikings, Viking Chokeberry brings a tart, tasty flavor that some may find too strong for their taste buds. Those who are adventurous to try Chokeberries will discover that they are great for making jellies and jams so break out those mason jars! Highly nutritious, Viking is excellent for turning into juice and being added into pies. If Viking isn't appealing to your palate, the local wildlife and birds will surely visit to snack on the juicy, blackberries giving you a show in your own backyard!

    Developed in Europe, Viking was designed to be an orchard plant. Black Chokeberry is a superfood! That’s right—the bitter berry with the unappetizing name is gaining ground as a health food. And with good reason! The berries are higher in antioxidants than any other cold-hardy fruit (five times higher than blueberries), and they have cancer-fighting properties. A few companies have started turning chokeberries into juice; they blend it with apple or grape juice to make it palatable. You’ll find it marketed under its botanical name, Aronia. You can also buy frozen Aronia berries for muffins or bars or, better yet, grow your own!

    How to use in the landscape?

    Enjoy Viking early in the spring with its bright white fragrant flower clusters that bloom earlier than Black Chokeberry species. The berries ripen in late summer in time for making jelly, pies, and even juice! Chokeberry has been suggested as an alternative to the ubiquitous Burning Bush with its blazing red fall color.

    Why Bower & Branch?

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

    Growth Facts

      Hardiness Zone: 3-8

      Mature Height: 3-6' tall

      Mature Width: 3-6' wide

      Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

      Spacing: 5-6' apart

    How To Plant

    Plant Viking in an area with full sun but part shade is okay too; the best fruit harvests will come from being exposed to full sun. Soil requirements are very lax, seeing as Viking can grow in average-medium moisture soil well-draining to growing in boggy conditions.

    How To Water

    Chokeberry will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

    How To Fertilize

    Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

    How To Prune

    You will want to be sure to remove any suckers that start to grow to prevent the spread of Viking unless spreading is desired.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 3-8

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    Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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