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Ground Hug Aronia melanocarpa

Exposure
  • 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"
Height
8 - 14"
Spread
36"
  • Details

    Features

    The easiest way to a lush carpet of green.

    Ground Hug 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 Hug 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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    8 - 14 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Spreading
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

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

    Ground Hug 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 Hug Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAM012' USPP 31,821, Can PBRAF
  • 4 Reviews

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    • I would take down my previous comments if I could. My plants are now beginning to have some green leaves and even signs of a few blooms. I expected this much earlier. Was my timing off? Has the crazy weather here made a big difference? I wish I knew. Anyway, I am now rating it a 5 just to bring the overall rating up while I watch to see what it does. If someone at Proven Winners can take all 3 reviews down, please do so!

      GLORIA PATTILLO
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 28 weeks ago
    • I apologize for not getting my facts quite right in my earlier review. I actually bought and planted "ground hog" last May. As I said, it grew well; and I kept it well watered along with my other plants until winter.

      GLORIA PATTILLO
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 32 weeks ago
    • I am sorely disappointed in these plants which I purchased last fall at considerable expense. I ordered four plants for an area in my pollinator/bird/native plant yard. They arrived looking great as expected and grew at a good pace. However, now it is April and there are no green leaves, much less flowers. All of my other plants have come up and/or greened up. I cannot imagine what has happened to the "ground hog."

      GLORIA PATTILLO
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 32 weeks ago
    • 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.

      Deca
      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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