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Ground Hog Aronia melanocarpa

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
Mature Size
14" 36"
8 - 14"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 9

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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  • 8
  • 9
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    The easiest way to a lush carpet of green.

    Ground Hog aronia is a super tough native shrub that naturally grows as a dense groundcover. This unique habit makes it the ideal plant for transforming difficult areas into beautiful, low maintenance plantings. Spring brings a flurry of dainty white flowers nestled among the glossy green foliage; come fall, dark purple berries develop, along with outstanding red foliage. Like our other aronias, Ground Hog is super durable, growing well even in challenging soil and conditions - it's up to your toughest landscape challenges!

    Top reasons to grow Ground Hog aronia:

    - Naturally grows as dense groundcover, keeping down weeds, stabilizing soil, and beautifying difficult areas.

    - White flowers in spring plus vivid fall color.

    - Tolerant of most any soil conditions.

    Produces Berries
    Fall Interest
    Drought Tolerant
    Salt Tolerant
    Native to North America
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    8 - 14 Inches
    36 Inches
    36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Alkaline Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Uses Notes: 

    Ground Hog aronia is best used as a groundcover.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Aronia is one of the toughest, most durable shrubs, and needs little care. If you wish to prune, the best time is immediately after it blooms. However, be aware that this will remove the potential for any fruit to form.

    Wondering about deer resistance? It varies. We have found that in areas with heavy deer or rabbit activity, they may eat the flower buds in early spring, when food supplies are scarce. However, they do not typically continue browsing aronia after that, so are unlikely to cause severe or disfiguring damage to the plant itself.


    Fun Facts: 

    Aronia is often called by the common name "chokeberry" because its fruits, while edible, are very astringent. However, birds and other wildlife are happy to devour them, even if you don't.

    Ground Hog Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAM012' USPPAF, Can PBRAF
  • 1 Review

    • I bought 3 of these, in quarts, because of my great experience with Aronia Mound. Planted them a week ago and they've already taken off- grew by over an inch, new buds everywhere, and seem to be very comfy in our wet clay. Excellent specimens, will continue to purchase more of the Aronia family for the garden, especially the back which is lower and not yet finished. These guys aren't fussy at all and tolerate even the wettest clay! My landscape-gardener came for her Spring visit and couldn't stop talking about them.

      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 40 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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