Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Nannyberry Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum lentago Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 10-15'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Vase
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates wet sites. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    A common native shrub with white flowers in May and fruit which change from blue to black in fall. The fall color is often a vivid combination of oranges and reds. It is best reserved for naturalizing as it suckers, is prone to powdery mildew, and is leggy and often unkempt in appearance.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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