Aronia melanocarpa ‘Viking’ (wild variety: eastern North America)
Habit: Shrub, 1-1.5 m tall, 1.5-2 m wide; slow-growing; upright, often with several stems.
Flowers: White, panicle like, when leaves shoot at end of April or May.
Fruits: Round, like berries, initially crimson-red, later black-red, large, ripening in September, edible, sweetish; falling after first frost.
Leaves: Elliptical, reddish green during shooting, later dark green; scarlet in autumn, falling in mid to late October.
Roots: Fine root system, not sensitive to floods and compaction.
Demands: Sun to semi-shade; tolerates warmth, otherwise likes cool places, frost hardy; tolerates wind.
Soil: Moderately dry to damp, moderately acidic to alkaline; half-bog soil or sandy-loamy, also loamy substrates.
Hardiness: Zone 5b