• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Aronia × prunifolia 'Viking' (F)

purple chokeberry 'Viking'

  • Other common names purple chokeberry 'Viking'

  • Synonyms Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'

  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Aronia are deciduous shrubs with simple leaves that colour well in autumn, and clusters of small white, hawthorn-like flowers followed by black, red or purple berries. These berries are edible, but are very astringent when raw; they may attract birds

  • Details 'Viking' is an upright, deciduous shrub with matt dark green leaves that turn dark purple-red in autumn. Profuse, large clusters of pink-tinged white flowers are borne in late spring; large purple-black berries follow. Height to 2m

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Suckering

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any moist but well-drained soil (except shallow soil over chalk) in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, propagate by suckers when plants are dormant and pot up

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 or Pruning group 2

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Generally trouble free

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