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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Viburnum prunifolium Accepted
Viburnum prunifolium var. bushii Synonym
Viburnum ferrugineum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 15 - 20 feet (4.5 - 6 m)
Plant Spread: 12 - 15 feet (3.5 - 4.5 m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Red maturing to black
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant

crown of a small tree in bloom

April Plants for Honey BeesApril Plants for Honey Bees
By Mindy03 on April 3, 2012

April is here and beekeepers will be kept busy trying to keep up with their bees' need for extra room to store the bounty collected from the blossoms they visited. April also marks the start of swarm season, so beekeepers will be keeping an eye out for swarms to catch; or they'll be trying to keep them from swarming by making splits.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 25, 2017 1:20 PM

Blackhaw Viburnum usually is a shrub-tree about 15 to 20 feet high in landscapes, but it can be a small tree of 20 to 35 feet high. Its native range is from southeast New York & Connecticut down to central Alabama to northern Arkansas & most of Missouri, Illinois-Indiana-Ohio and southern Michigan through most of Pennsylvania & New Jersey back to beginning, in upland sites. It is very similar to the Nannyberry Viburnum, but is a larger plant with smaller, more rounded leaves usually about 2 inches long, and smaller gray naked pointed buds, and it has sharp spur branchlets that hurt when bumped into, thus called a "haw" or Black Hawthorn. It is a handsome, high quality small tree that is sold by larger, diverse nurseries and native plant nurseries, and is used occasionally by landscape designers in parks, campuses, public properties, office parks, and such. I've seen it growing wild in various locations in southeast Pennsylvania usually in woodland edges. It grows about 1.5 feet/year and lives about 60 to 100 years. Its root system is shallow and fibrous and it is easy to transplant. This clean, neat small tree should be used a lot more in landscapes.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 12, 2012 1:56 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Viburnum prunifolium - NOT V. rhytidophyllum by ViburnumValley Dec 21, 2019 2:48 PM 1
This is a Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium) - NOT V. rhytidophyllum by ViburnumValley Dec 21, 2019 2:48 PM 1
What is this shrub/tree? by RookiePresent Nov 17, 2020 12:03 PM 10
Privacy Shrub for zone 5? by LauraLeh Apr 12, 2020 1:51 PM 1
Tree flower bud by Spencerjc63 Jun 4, 2020 11:35 AM 3
Columnar Trees by springcolor Feb 6, 2020 7:06 PM 8
I'm going to kick myself for not knowing... by jathton Dec 24, 2019 11:30 AM 7
Shrub ID Needed by quercusnut Apr 28, 2018 4:53 PM 4
large bush by pdermer1x Apr 19, 2018 12:56 PM 3
Black Haw by Bloombuddie Oct 18, 2017 6:43 PM 2
tree/large shrub ID please by Muddy1 Aug 4, 2017 8:53 PM 8
ID request by GordonHawk May 24, 2017 6:06 PM 2

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