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Viburnum lentago

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num lent-AH-go
Description

Nannyberry is a native, suckering shrub and is adaptable to a wide range of sites. It is commonly found in moist areas with rich loam to clay-loam soil, such as low woods, swamp borders, or near stream banks but tolerates drier sites. Although quite shade-tolerant, it achieves relatively larger size in more open areas. It can be grown as a shrub or small tree. Creamy white flowers in spring are showy as are the fruits in the fall which are edible. Fall color is orange to reds..

Problems: Can develop mildew in shader sites.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#showy berries#white flowers#shrub#wildlife plant#hedges#deer resistant#part shade#native garden#naturalizes
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#showy berries#white flowers#shrub#wildlife plant#hedges#deer resistant#part shade#native garden#naturalizes
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    lentago
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    NE and midwest North America
    Distribution:
    CO , CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY Canada: MB , NB , ON , QC , SK
    Wildlife Value:
    Mildly resistant to damage by deer. Birds and other wildlife are attracted to fruits and butterflies to the blooms. Larval host for the Spring Azure butterfly.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Fruits may be eaten off the bush when ripe or used in jams and jellies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 18 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Open
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    A mixture of 1/2 inch light green, pale yellow, and red-pink fruits in the same cluster slowly change to blue-black.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Creamy white flowers on 3 to 4 in. flat-topped cyme. Individual flowers are 1/4 inch across with 5 petals.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are 2-4 inches long and 1-2 inch wide. They are glossy dark green with new growth being yellow-green. Fall color is orange to purplish-red.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Black
    Dark Gray
    Bark Plate Shape:
    Square
    Bark Description:
    The bark is dark gray to black in a pattern of small blocks
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems and young branches are brown and smooth
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer