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Viburnum lentago

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, loam, clay

Height: 15'-20'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, clumping, edible, fall interest, hedging plant, naturalizing, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)
  • Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)
  • Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)
  • Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)
  • Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

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Description

Viburnum lentago

Also known as:

nannyberry

,

sheepberry

,

wild raisin

,

sweet viburnum

Scientific Synonyms:

Viburnum x vetteri

Description

Viburnum lentago is a deciduous, multi-stemmed, suckering bush. It typically forms a well rounded mound with arching stems, up to 20' tall. It can be pruned to achieve a tree form, with individual specimens growing up to 30'. It produces clusters of small white flowers, followed by dark blue, edible fruit that will persist until winter. It has attractive dark-green foliage that turns shades of purple in fall.

Cultivation

This species is easy to grow in average, moist soils. It is one of the few ornamental shrubs that tolerates full shade. It tends to form colonies by means of root suckers, but those can be easily removed. Any pruning should be done immediately blooming because the following year's flower buds form in summer. Can be used to create hedges or windbreaks. Blooms in May or June. Zones 3-6

Propagation

Propagate from seeds collected as soon as the fruit ripens. Stored seeds will require a period of cold stratification before sowing. Can also be propagated by layering, or by simply pinning a branch to the soil and removing it once it has rooted (plants tend to do this naturally).

Additional Notes

Fruit are edible and a winter food source for birds and small mammals. Viburnum lentago can be susceptible to powdery mildew if it does not receive adequate air circulation.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CO, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Dipsacales
Family Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family
Genus Viburnum viburnum
Species Viburnum lentago nannyberry