Ground Hug® Aronia

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Make the most of your landscaping with a small, low-growing plant that gives you interest spring, summer and fall! The Ground Hug® Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAM012' PP31821) is a superior Chokeberry shrub that stays low, but spreads wide!

It is covered with sweet white flowers in springtime, many local pollinators will get their fill of the nectar-rich blooms. All season long, Ground Hug looks crisp and fresh with rounded, glossy, green leaves.

This little plant has a big personality, growing low to the ground but giving you a nice spread. It is a real champ in tough conditions. Don't forget about the fall color display! The leaves turn an amazing burnished purple as the nights get colder.

Planting and Application:

You'll polish up the edges of your planting beds, and fill wide, open areas as these ground-hugging shrubs fill in all the hard-to-mow hillsides and slopes, stopping erosion as they grow! Use these ground covering plants to suppress weeds in an attractive way. Include it at the edge of street plantings, sidewalks and driveways where the salt spray won't bother it. Use as edging, rock gardens, rain gardens, filler and more!

And of course, this is an Aronia! It produces an edible harvest of antioxidant-rich dark berries that are extremely healthy Superfruit for you. Birds love them, too, if you don't get around to harvesting them. People interested in edible landscaping should layer these groundcovers in the foreground of their garden beds.

  • Sweet White Blooms in Spring & Incredible Purple Fall Color
  • Superfruit Black Berries Are Tart & Very Healthy
  • Late Season Harvest
  • Low-Growing, Easy-Care Spreading Groundcover
  • Supports Local Butterflies & Birds

#ProPlantTips for Care:

You'll get the most fruit in full sun, but Ground Hug can handle part shade too! Go ahead, plant it in either acidic or alkaline soil, or poor soil as long as it drains well, and let it fill into a dense mat for you. It is extremely cold hardy and tolerant of high heat and humidity, plus salt spray won't bother it either!

  • Performs in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Cold Hardy & Heat Tolerant
  • Deer, Drought & Salt Resistant
  • Moist to Dry, Mulched Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune When Dormant

Let help you find 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! Order your own Ground Hug Aronia bushes today!

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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Ground Hug® 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 Well-Drained
Moisture Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes
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