Aronia x prunifolia Viking

Purple Chokeberry Viking

Despite their rather unappetising name, chokeberries are delicious cooked or in jam, one of the richest sources of antioxidants known, and very high in Vitamin C. Aronia x prunifolia Viking is an upright, suckering, deciduous shrub to 6’6”/2m high and wide, with deep green leaves which turn a beautiful purple in autumn. It is very high-yielding, and sweeter than some chokeberries. Big clusters of white flowers tinged with pink are borne in May and June. The purplish-black berries are large, tart, very juicy and borne in profusion; they may need protection from birds. Purple chokeberry Viking is easy to grow, and can be used as part of a fruiting hedge, although yields won’t be as high. Prune like blackcurrants.

Site: Tolerates exposure, but not maritime exposure
Soil: Fertile, moist but well-drained, slightly acid to neutral soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Pick: From late August for 4-6 weeks
Keep: Does not keep
Hardiness: Very hardy
Pollination: Self-fertile, but may crop better if a different cultivar is grown nearby
Uses: Juicing, preserving, cooking
Type | Size: Pot | 3L
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