The white flower clusters of Low Scape Hedger aronia.The white flower clusters of Low Scape Hedger aronia.

Low Scape Hedger® Chokeberry

We’re always looking for unique new varieties that help people resolve their garden challenges, and Low Scape Hedger aronia definitely fits that bill. This selection of our native aronia (Aronia melanocarpa, aka chokeberry) naturally grows as a narrow column, reaching just 3-5′ tall and 2-3′ wide. That makes it perfectly suited for screening off an air conditioner or power box in your yard, as well as lining walkways and adding low hedges and structure to the landscape. In spring, it is covered in white flowers, and fall brings an array of red, orange, and yellow foliage (this variety does not set fruit). Like all aronia, it is exceptionally durable, thriving in hot and cold, drought and wet, and just about any conditions you can imagine.

Top reasons to grow Low Scape Hedger aronia:

  • Unique low “stove pipe” habit provides structure and coverage while saving space
  • Spring flowers and colorful fall foliage
  • Native to North America – durable and supports wildlife

Additional information

Dimensions2 × 3 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Aronia melanocarpa</i> 'UCONNAM166' pp#28831, cbraf

Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Blooms on

Old wood

Flower Color

White

Foliage Color

Green

Height

3-5'

Width/Spread

2-3'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil

Moist

Bloom Time

Summer to Frost

Uses

Borders, Containers, Hedges, Specimen

Features

Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Compact, Drought tolerant, Fall interest, Native, Salt tolerant

Breeder

Dr. Mark Brand + Dr. Bryan Connolly, University of Connecticut

SKU: 02838 Plant Type:

Light: Full sun (6+hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day); can grow in shadier spots but will flower far less and fall foliage will be dull. Low Scape Hedger will also take on more of a sparse, open habit with less coverage in shaded areas.

Soil: Aronia tolerates any soil, including extremes of pH, moisture, and dryness

Water: Average water needs; drought tolerant once established

Fertilizing: Nothing special required; apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in early spring if desired

Pruning: Aronia blooms on old wood, so if pruning is required, it should be pruned immediately after flowering. Do note, however, that this will remove the potential for fruit to form. If you need to manage the spread of the plant, that can be done as needed.

Other notes: Deer do not severely damage aronia plants like they do arborvitae or hosta. However, they (and rabbits, especially for low-growing varieties) may eat the flower buds or flowers, which in turn prevents fruit from forming. While its durability and fall color are still enough reason to grow it, those with deer in their area should have reasonable expectations of what may happen.

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