Viking Chokeberry Tree

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Viking Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'
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Strong tasting like the fearless Vikings, Viking Chokeberry brings a tart, tasty flavor that some may find too strong for their tastebuds. Those who are adventurous to try Chokeberries will discover that they are great for making jellies and jams, 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!

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The Story

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!

The Details

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.

Height: 3-6 ft
Spread: 3-6 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage: Green
Fall Foliage: Orange-Red
Zones: 3-8"

How to Grow

Plant Viking in an area with full sun; 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. You will want to be sure to remove any suckers that start to grow to prevent the spread of Viking unless spreading is desired.

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