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Ground Hug® Aronia melanocarpa

Flower Season
  • Spring
Mature Size
14" 3' 36cm 91cm
Height: 8" - 14"
Spread: 3'
Height: 20cm - 36cm
Spread: 91cm
  • Details

    8 - 14 Inches
    36 - 36 Inches
    36 - 36 Inches
    20cm - 36cm


    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 Hug 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
    Erosion Control
    Native to North America
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    8 - 14 Inches 20cm - 36cm
    36 Inches 91cm
    36 Inches 91cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    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).

    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 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
  • 5 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought 4 of these and have had problems with them. One has been replaced by the nursery because it died, but now I have another dead one and one with branches that are dying. Have no idea what the problem is. They are in full sun and I only water when dry using a meter, so they are getting the proper amount of water. They looked great in the nursery. Have not grown at all and they were planted in April of 2022. They seem to be just holding on. I would not purchase again.

      judy evans
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 43 weeks ago
    • 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!

      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 4 years 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.

      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
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