Viburnum - Nannyberry
This is a superb shrub that is native to parts of the Canadian prairies that has many endearing qualities including; extreme hardiness, tolerant of shady conditions, large clusters of creamy white flowers in spring, dark green leaves during the summer turning to a bright red in the fall and showy blue fruit in the winter
Nannyberry Tree in Full Bloom
Nannyberry Tree in Full Bloom
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Botanical (latin) name: Viburnam lentago
Zone 2b
Height 10ft (3m) Spread 8ft (2.5m)
summer leaf colour - dark green Fall leaf colour - bright red
Fruit - navy blue bird clusters Bark - smooth black
Blossoms - copious white clusters Fragrance - Blossons no, fall pungent agreeable
Habit - Upright rounded Placement - full sun tor full shade,, moist well drained soils
Why would you want this shrub? Versitile shrub, tall hedge, feature,tree, attracts birds

The Nannyberry features showy creamy white flat-top flowers in mid spring, glossy dark green foliage throughout the summer turning to an outstanding bright red in the fall. The royal blue fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from late summer right through to late winter or until the birds eat them. The smooth black bark is not particularly outstanding.

This plant is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds but not deer. The plant has a tendency to suckker.

Nannyberry will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

Flowers in Bloom
Flowers in Bloom

Nannyberry Fruit
Nannyberry Fruit

Fall Colour
Fall Colour

Price last updated on Feb 13, 2014 Listing of Accent_Plants

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