Aronia melanocarpa



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  • Versatile habit
  • Native
  • Rugged

The ideal landscape groundcover, filling in difficult spaces such as parking lot beds, slopes, or anywhere mowing would be difficult or undesirable. This dwarf aronia naturally grows as a thick, dense mat, eliminating the need for weeding and mulching as well. Glossy foliage, white spring flowers, dark purple berries in late summer, and autumn foliage in hues of brilliant orange-red make this native plant as showy as it is adaptable. Developed by Dr. Mark Brand at the University of Connecticut. 

USDA Zone 3 - 9 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 8 - 14"

Width 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Adaptable to nearly all soils.

Pruning Prune to shape after blooming if desired; note that this will prevent fruit from forming.

Uses The unique low growing, mound-like habit of Ground Hog aronia suits it to many landscape applications: mass plantings, groundcover, edging.

Growing Tips Aronia are notoriously tough plants and can be used to beautify equally challenging sites, like parking lots, easements, and urban areas. Aronia are generally considered deer resistant, but they may eat the flower buds in spring when other food sources are scarce. However, they are unlikely to cause any significant or disfiguring damage to the plant itself.