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Silverberry (Wolf Willow) vs Viking Aronia Berry

Elaeagnus commutata

Aronia melanocarpa Viking

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Silverberry (Wolf Willow)
Viking Aronia Berry

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grow on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils. This plant is very low maintenance.

Viking Aronia Berry is easy to grow, with black berries that are high in antioxidants. The Viking variety is much more productive than the non cultivar Aronia Berry. The berries can be eaten fresh but are found to be tart and bitter. They are more often used in baking, jams, juices, and wine. They have small, white flowers with a hint of pink that grow evenly on the shrub. The summer foliage turns a very attractive red in the fall.

The Viking Aronia Berry is a self-pollinating plant. Because of its uniformity and high yield, the Viking Aronia Berry is a popular cultivar.

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

VIKING ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: silver, edible
Berries: small black berries
Flavor: astringent
Flowers: yellow
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow
Other Names: black chokeberry viking, viking chokeberry