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Viburnum rufidulum

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum

Rusty Blackhaw is a wonderful native shrub or small tree and should be used more often. White spring flowers are not only beautiful they provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects. The foliage remains attractive all season and puts on a terrific show of warm fall colors in autumn. The bluish-white fruit attract birds and other wildlife. This is easy to grow in average soil and full to part sun. 

Benefits

  • Beautiful white flowers cover the shrub in spring
  • Butterflies and honeybees enjoy the nectar the flowers provide
  • Fruit attracts songbirds and other wildlife in autumn
  • Fall foliage turns warm hues of red, pink and orange
  • Adaptable to a wide range of soil types
  • Easy to grow, multi-season interest, not bothered by pests or disease

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant more than one to ensure pollination necessary for abundant fruit production. 


Height
10-20 ft

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Spread
10-20 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Native Range

Found in thickets, open woodlands, stream and riverbanks in well-drained sand, loam or clay.

Native Trivia

In some situations non-native species cause serious ecological disturbances. This puts pressure on native plants and animals, and threatened species may succumb to this pressure.  Invasive plants alter habitats and reduce biodiversity. 
If you want spring flowers and fabulous fall color, rusty blackhaw is a great, native alternative to invasive plants like ‘Bradford’ pears (Pyrus calleryana) and burning bush (Euonymous alata).

 

 

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia