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Cute Native Groundcover Ground Hog™ Aronia

  • Sweet White Blooms in Spring
  • Incredible Purple Fall Color
  • Superfruit Berries Are Tart, But Very Healthy
  • Late Season Harvest
  • Ornamental Edible Plant
  • Low-Growing, Easy-Care Spreading Groundcover
  • Native Plant Supports Local Butterflies and Birds
  • Widely Adaptable Across Most of the United States
  • Performs in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Cold Hardy and Heat Tolerant

Make the most of your landscaping with a small plant that gives you interest spring, summer and fall. Ground Hog™ Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa UCONNAM012' PP31,821) is a super native shrub that stays low, but spreads wide.

It is covered with sweet white flowers in springtime. Many local pollinators will come to take their fill of the nectar-rich blooms.

All season long, Ground Hog looks crisp and fresh with rounded, glossy, green leaves. Use these ground covering plants to suppress weeds in an attractive way. You'll polish up the edges of your planting beds, and fill wide, open areas.

This little plant has a lot of personality, growing low to the ground but giving you a nice spread. It is a real champ in tough conditions.

Go ahead, plant it in either acidic or alkaline soil. Give it poor soil that drains well, and let it fill into a dense mat for you.

It is extremely cold hardy, and tolerates high heat and humidity. Salt spray won't bother it, either. Include it at the edge of street plantings.

Don't forget about the fall color display! The leaves turn an amazing burnished purple as the nights get colder.

And of course, this is an Aronia. It produces an edible harvest of dark blue berries that are extremely healthy for you. Birds love them, too, if you don't get around to harvesting them.

Professional landscapers love this highly desirable plant, so move quickly if you see Ground Hog Aronia in stock on our site. Order enough to complete your entire project. You will love this plant!

How to Use Ground Hog Aronia in the Landscape

This tough, tiny shrub is rugged and durable and offers a lot of ornamental appeal. It makes a fantastic addition to garden borders and along the edge of modern foundation plantings.

People interested in edible landscaping should layer these groundcovers in the foreground of their garden beds. Look for opportunities to add "food security" to your property, and become more self-reliant. Might as well make your sunshine work for you and your family, after all!

Harvest is usually mid-August before the berries start to shrivel for best results. They freeze beautifully!

They make terrific jams, and be sure to try them in meat sauces. Why not create your own Aronia sauce for the Thanksgiving turkey?

With some of the world's highest levels of antioxidants, Aronia berries are a nutritional powerhouse.

However...there is a reason why people nickname these shrubs "Chokeberries". The tannin-rich berries themselves taste like a very dry red wine all by themselves. Get the honey, stevia or cane sugar ready to supplement a bit of sweetness in your recipes.

It's easy to find a space for a plant as personable as Ground Hog Aronia. Gain excellent seasonal interest and a healthy crop of dark berries in fall.

Even if you are very limited on space, you can tuck a Ground Hog Aronia in your exterior containers as a memorable "Filler". Your display will look great all season long, and can last many years.

Ground Hog is an excellent choice for sunny glades or glens, and helps define the edge of wilderness areas. Use these durable plants in rock gardens, and underplant your mature evergreens for a colorful boost of interest.

Cover ground with this unique spreading plant. Create a bold display with a mass planting by spacing them 24 to 30 inches apart on center.

In a hurry? Plant closer together. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Ground Hog Aronia performs well in full sun to part sun (also called partial shade). Give it at least four hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the more berries and fall color you'll see!

Their root systems need well-drained soils that shed water quickly. If you have poorly drained soil, create a raised bed for planting.

Provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis. Even water is especially important during the season of berry production.

Ground Hog Aronia naturally grows as a dwarf plant that won't require much pruning, if any. Feel free to trim to shape it only after the spring-flowering is finished.

Please let the butterflies and honey bees enjoy the blooms as an important early nectar source before you snip it into shape. Ground Hog Aronia blooms on last year's wood, so let those flowers finish then prune if you so desire.

In deer country, apply a Deer Repellent spray in springtime. They may nibble the flowers, however they'll usually steer clear of your September berry harvest.

This field-tested selection was vetted by the rigorous Proven Winners® team for years. A tough native plant, you'll enjoy the high performance, glossy green foliage, dark purple berries and marvelous fall color in your landscape for many years.

Order today, and let these cute little Aronias ground your landscape in a beautifully useful way.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Ground Hog™ Aronia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAM012'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 14 inches
Mature Spread 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Season
When To Prune After Flowering
Fragrant No