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
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
Pricing & Availability
Viburnum lentagoAlso known as:
Viburnum x vetteri
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.
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
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).
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
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