Ground Hug Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa ‘UCONNAM012’)

Ground Hug Aronia

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

Tips 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

Might as well make your sunshine work for you and your family, after all!

Ground Hug Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa ‘UCONNAM012’) Details

Common name Ground Hug Aronia
Botanical name Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAM012'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 8 - 14 inches
Width 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Adaptable
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color White