Nannyberry Viburnum (Viburnum lentago) in the Viburnums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 12 to 15 feet usually (possible to 20 to 35 feet)
Plant Spread: 8 to 15 feet usually (20 to 35 possible)
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

spring foliage and flower clusters

Photo gallery:
Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-05-13spring foliage and flower clusters
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Location: Hinsdale, IllinoisDate: October in 1990'sred fall color of maturing shrub
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Location: Hinsdale, IllinoisDate: summer in 1990'sthe trunks and bark
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Location: Cantigny Park in Wheaton, ILDate: 2016-07-21a tree form of Nannyberry, largest I've seen
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Location: Cantigny Park in Wheaton, ILDate: 2016-07-21trunk of the tree form of Nannyberry
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-05-13full-grown shrub in bloom
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-05-13full-grown shrub in bloom
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-05-13two full-grown shrubs in bloom
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-05-13close-up of flower cluster
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-09-17shrub in early fall
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-09-17mature black fruit and immature reddish fruit
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-09-17fruits at branch end
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Location: Hinsdale, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-17full-grown shrub in summer
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Location: DeKalb, IllinoisDate: winter in 1980'sfull-grown shrubs in winter
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 23, 2017 8:20 PM

A handsome upright large shrub, (infrequently, a small tree as I've seen at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL) that is native from Maine to West Virginia, northern Ohio & Indiana, most of Michigan, northern & central Illinois, most of Wisconsin and Minnesota, areas of Iowa, eastern Dakotas, southern Manitoba, and southeast Ontario in uplands and along banks of watercourses. Its glossy opposite leaves that are about 4 inches long that get a good red fall color unless ruined by mildew in the latter season. It has long, pointed, gray, naked buds. Creamy white flat-topped flowers clusters last about 10 days in May. The oval drupes (fruit) go from green to yellow to rose and then mature as black, and are loved by birds. It is sold by some large, diverse nurseries and native plant nurseries. It is known and used by landscape designers in parks, campuses, and various public spaces. Some are sold to homeowners for making a tall screen, but it is not common in people's yards. It should be used more.

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