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Aronia melanocarpa Ground Hug® (Black Chokeberry)

Ground Hug® Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAM012'

Ground Hug® Aronia Melanocarpa, Ground Hug® Black Chokeberry, shrubs, fall color, shrub with berries
Ground Hug® Aronia Melanocarpa, Ground Hug® Black Chokeberry, shrubs, fall color, shrub with berries
Ground Hug® Aronia Melanocarpa, Ground Hug® Black Chokeberry, shrubs, fall color, shrub with berries

Noted for its dwarf habit, Aronia melanocarpa Ground Hug® (Black Chokeberry) is a low-growing, spreading, deciduous shrub that adds multi-season beauty to the garden. In spring, a profusion of small, white flowers are borne in small clusters above the foliage. They are followed by round, dark purple berries. Hungry birds and other wildlife feast on them. The foliage of elliptic, finely toothed, lustrous leaves is bright green in spring and summer before turning bright shades of red and orange in fall. Tough, durable, and low care, this Black Chokeberry grows as a lush groundcover, keeping weeds out, stabilizing soil, and beautifying difficult areas. 

  • Grows up to 8-14 in. tall (20-35 cm) and 36 in. wide (90 cm). Remove root suckers to prevent colonial spread.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Best fruit production generally occurs in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including boggy soils. Black Chokeberry is drought and salt tolerant.
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders, open woodland gardens, and naturalized areas where its suckering, colonial growth habit does not need to be restrained. Perfect for bog gardens or near ponds and streams. Suitable as a ground cover and can be planted on banks and slopes for stabilization.
  • No serious pest or disease issues, but keep an eye for leaf spots and blight.
  • If you wish to prune, the best time is immediately after flowering. However, be aware that this will remove the potential for any fruit to form.
  • Aronia melanocarpa is native from Newfoundland to southern Ontario and Minnesota south to Missouri, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17, A1, A2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Aronia
Common names Chokeberry, Black Chokeberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 2'
(20cm - 60cm)
Spread 3' (90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Photinia floribunda (Purple Chokeberry)
Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry)
Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)
Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ (Red Chokeberry)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17, A1, A2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Aronia
Common names Chokeberry, Black Chokeberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 2'
(20cm - 60cm)
Spread 3' (90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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