Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, drought tolerant, edible, fall interest, hedging plant, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Viburnum prunifoliumAlso known as:
Viburnum prunifolium is a multi-stemmed deciduous, highly ornamental shrub, that may be trimmed up to obtain more of a tree form. As a shrub, it usually grows to 15'. Formed as a tree, it can grow to 25' or more. The white flower clusters are very showy and large. These give way to attractive clusters of dark blue-black edible berries. Fall will produce good leaf color in shades of red to purple.
Found moist, open woods, Viburnum prunifolium is well adapted to part-shade. It is not particular about soil, and established plants are quite drought resistant within the species' natural range. It makes a good choice for a hedging shrub. Regular pruning and full sun, will produce better floral displays. Any trimming should be done immediately after flowering, because the following year's buds are formed during summer. Bloom times are from April to June. Zones 5-8
Best propagated from softwood cuttings taken in spring. Propagation from seed is possible but slow. Stored seeds will require a period of cold stratification to break dormancy.
Blackhaw is very easy to grow and can be used as a specimen in a residential garden, or planted in groups to create tall informal hedges in large, open spaces. The tart fruit can be made into preserves, jams and jellies, or eaten fresh off the shrub.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Special Concern: CT