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Viking Aronia Berry

Aronia 'Viking'

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Growing Zones: 3-8
(hardy down to -30℉)

Growing Zones 3-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

4-6 ft.

Mature Width:

4 - 6 ft.


Full Sun


5 ft.

Growth Rate:


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Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Aronia 'Viking'

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Delicious Sour Berries Filled With Health Benefits

The Viking Aronia Berry, also known as Chokeberry, is a unique, tart berry with black glossy skin that’s famous for its flavor-packed punch when used in recipes for muffins, jams, wines, desserts and more.

They have a distinct flavor that will make you pucker with nodes of sweeter berries like blueberries and cranberries when eaten fresh. Their sour taste is perfect for combining with sweeter foods, like ice cream and cakes, because they give recipes the mouthwatering zing that they’ve been missing.

A Fun Snack that tastes like sour candy, but is 100% healthy. Add a handful to salads or oatmeal and give your immune system a boost.  These berries are filled with vitamins and minerals.

They are a great source of vitamin C, E, and A, and also have high levels of potassium, iron, and manganese. The antioxidants in Viking Aronia Berries help to protect the eyes and skin, and the fiber content promotes colon health.

These are tough shrubs that don't require a lot of attention. With a high level of pest and disease resistance, nothing stops these robust shrubs from pumping out tons of berries. 

Grow your own at home for an endless supply of delicious berries as well as compact ornate shrubs. Every spring large clusters of white flowers emerge all over Chokeberry shrubs to fill the landscape with stunning color. 

In the fall, its lush green foliage turns shades of orange with a purple tinge, and the ripening berries pop against the bright fall hues for a striking display of autumn colors.

With these shrubs, you’ll have the most stunning landscape in the neighborhood, as well as the best tasting homemade preserves and desserts.

Limited supply.  Be sure to order yours before we run out! 

Viking Aronia Berry Pollination

Viking Aronia Berry are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Viking Aronia Berry will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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The perfect bush for new gardeners
I just started to get into gardening, so I'm a total noob at this. I got this in about 3 weeks ago, it sat in the in pot that it came one for almost 2 weeks before I got around to planting it. I give it a moderate amount of water each morning and have even skipped a few waterings. I have even dug it up and moved it about 3 times and despite this it still looks great.
May 31, 2016
1 year ago
choke berries
I grew up making jams and jellies with choke berries. I already know they are fantastic. VERY tart and sweet at the same time, makes breakfast with flap Jacks or toast a WOW factor.
March 13, 2016
Hillsboro , AL
1 year ago
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Will order again
The plants shipped fast and arrived healthy. I ordered 4 and all of them are blooming pretty white flowers and seem to be doing well.
May 15, 2017
10 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Viking Aronia Berry

Viking Aronia Berry  Planting Diretions

Aronia is a true Native American plant that is widely grown in Europe for fruit production. A native plant in the North American ecosystem, Aronia bushes have adapted to growing zones 3 to 8. It is a perennial, deciduous, self pollinating, self-supporting shrub. Aronia berries (also referred to as “chokeberries”) are bitter in flavor until fully ripened. The pea sized berries are harvested in late August to September and bushes are known to produce about 15-20 lbs of berries at maturity.


Choosing a location: Aronia bushes do best in full sun but will also tolerate partially shaded areas. You will, however, enjoy a higher yield of berries in a full sun location.


Planting directions (in ground): The bush can be planted at almost any time providing your soil is not frozen. Fall and spring season planting is known to give the best fruit yield.

1) This bush is not finicky about soil but does best in a slightly acidic soil with an optimum pH range of 6.1 to 6.5. Testing your soil is always recommended for the best results with any new plant/tree.
2)  Make your hole three times as wide as the plant and just as deep as the bush’s root ball.
3) Amending organic materials into your soil such as composted manure will improve water retention as well as the soil fertility.
4) As you back fill the hole, stop a couple of times to add water. This will help settle the soil and cut back on air pockets.
5) Water well after completely back filling the hole.


Planting directions (potted): Aronias can also be successfully grown in pots for a decorative bush on the patio that can still produce berries. The bush matures at a height of 4-6 feet so you will not need a large space for the bush but still try for a full sun exposure.

1) Select a pot 1-2 sizes larger than the current pot the bush is in with good drainage holes.
2) Using a regular potting soil, be sure to avoid any air pockets as you pot the bush.
3) Water generously once you have finished potting the bush to help the soil settle.
4) Place next to a South facing window for maximum sun exposure.


Watering: Try to keep your soil moisture consistent for the first couple of years. Aronia bushes need at least an inch of rain per week so be sure to water well twice a week to simulate the rainfall. You may need to water a bit more during extended dry periods or during summer heat. More mature plants will not require as much water and will be adaptable to hot and dry conditions. For the first couple of years, the soil needs to be kept moist so mulching is highly recommended to conserve water and prevent competing weeds from growing. Leaf spot can occur on aronia bushes but is easily avoided by watering at the base of the bush instead of a “rain down” fashion.


Pruning: Late in its dormant season, prune some of the older branches of your bush down to the ground to promote a new growth and a bushier form. Good airflow is essential to the health of the bush and will also simultaneously prevent disease or damage from occurring. Always prune at a 45 degree angle and with sterilized cutters, rubbing alcohol or boiling water are common ways to sterilize.


Fertilizing: Fertilizing is not often needed or necessary but in instances where the soil is lacking in nutrients, a good feeding with a balanced formula is recommended. Wait to apply the fertilizer until the spring season.


Harvesting: The late summer to early fall seasons are when you will be looking to see if your aronia berries are ready to be picked. They tend to be a lot sweeter if left on the bush after the first initial frost of the season. If there is any hint of red to the color of the berries then they are not ready to be harvested. The picking of the ripened berries is very easy. Simply grab a cluster of the berries and drag your hands down (tying a bucket to your waist is handy to keep both hands free for mass harvesting).

There are multiple benefits to adding an aronia plant to your property. It is a very ornamental and resilient plant. It adapts to the surrounding natural ecosystem, able to withstand invasions from insects and diseases as well as the natural variations in the climate. Like a persimmon tree, aronia berries will sweeten more after a freeze. Many enjoy the antioxidant rich berries for juicing, baking, and jellies. Even if the berries are of no use to you, you can enjoy a lovely cache of birds feasting upon them during the cold of winter.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Recommended by friends for inflammation issues.
Karen J on Oct 15, 2017
This berry has so much nutritional value, I'm looking forward to having my own personal plant to harvest from.
Deborah B on Jul 10, 2017
Recommended by friends for inflammation issues.
Karen J on Oct 15, 2017
Health benefits
megan h on Oct 14, 2017
This berry has so much nutritional value, I'm looking forward to having my own personal plant to harvest from.
Deborah B on Jul 10, 2017
Health benefits.
Jonathan S on Jun 5, 2017
health benefits
Lenear B on May 17, 2017
Jacqueline G on May 11, 2017
Native plant for my area and want it not only for the fruit but also to attract birds
David B on Apr 22, 2017
We found out about the health benefits of the Viking Aronia berry. We searched the web to find suppliers of the plants and after researching we felt this site offered the most reliable plants, price, and information. We are hoping we made the right choice.
Cheryl Z on Apr 17, 2017
I wanted mulberries and aronia cherries for their health values
David V on Apr 8, 2017
Planting a berry garden in my yard, Aronia Berry is the on of those super fruits so it had to be added.
Thomas B on Apr 2, 2017
James G on Mar 28, 2017
Berries have some of the highest content of polyphenols and other beneficial antioxidants.
JW B on Jan 22, 2017
Health benefits
Christina C on Jan 9, 2017
its a super food I read about very heathy I hope I enjoy the taste
jeff q on Sep 13, 2016
Have made the most delicious jelly in the past with these berries. Also looking at their benefit to the immune system.
Ruth C on Jul 31, 2016
Health benefits
megan h on Oct 14, 2017
Health benefits.
Jonathan S on Jun 5, 2017
When is the best time to plant them?
Begonia P on Jun 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted it right when I received it may have been around March it is going strong. Doesn't need too much maintenance.
Aren't the seeds poison?
J G on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is the Aronia variety commonly known as 'Chokeberry', which is not poisonous. The Prunus varieties known as 'Chokecherry' are the ones that are poisonous.
does this plant require acidic soil?
ToddJ on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The optimum pH range is 6.1 to 6.5, however they will grow in acidic, alkaline or neutral soil.
are they self pollinating or do you need more than one plant?
Randy M on Jul 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is self-pollinating, but will produce a better yield of fruit if it has a mate.
Do they spread?
J G on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They will get 4-6 feet wide.
are they deer resistant ?
Kirk S on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They do posses some deer deterrence in the form of a natural chemical repellent that they emit, but it is not enough to keep deer from browsing on them. If you have deer challenges you will need to protect them, particularly when they are young
How much do I water the newly planted bush and how much water does this plant need after it is established ?
T. G on Jun 2, 2017

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