Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 3-5' Width/Spread: 2-3'

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.

Why 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
This variety is no longer available; the information on this page is for reference only. Please view the similar plants below for substitutes.


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.

Botanical Name

Aronia melanocarpa 'UCONNAM166' PP#28,831 ; CBR#6520


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

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun


Acidic, Any, Average, Moist, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring


Borders, Containers, Low Hedges, Mass Planting


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

Blooms On

Old wood


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

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