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Viburnum lentago

Nannyberry Viburnum

This big Viburnum is a native critter-magnet, providing ample cover with its lustrous foliage. In spring, flat heads of small white flowers attract butterflies and native insects; prized by native birds and critters for its tons of berries in the fall. Hardy and easy to grow.

Benefits

  • Perfect screen or specimen plant
  • Important food source for wildlife in the winter
  • Fruit is edible for humans right off the plant
  • Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
  • Huge nectar source for native insects
  • Host plant for the little blue Spring Azure butterfly

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prune after the flowers fade if necessary.


Height
14-16 ft

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Spread
8-12 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-8

Native Range

Rich open woods and stream banks from Montana south to Colorado and east to Maine and Virginia.

Native Trivia

Most songbirds travel at night. They spend the daylight hours resting and searching for food in the unfamiliar places where they stop to rest. It is thought that the lower night temperatures and stiller air make better flying conditions.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Fall Color
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
Alabama
Colorado
Connecticut
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming