Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Black Haw Viburnum

Viburnum prunifolium
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
15
feet

Spread:

8 to
12
feet
Size
Height: 12 to
15
feet
Spread: 8 to
12
feet
Size
Height: 12 to
15
feet
Spread: 8 to
12
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Small specimen tree or large specimen shrub. Use in groups in shrub border or as a tall hedge or screen. Background plant in borders and native gardens. Fruit attracts birds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Adapts to many different soil types including dry sites. Two plants are required for cross pollination and fruit set. Prune immediately after flowering since flower buds form in summer for the following year. Requires pruning to attain tree form.
Special Features
Special Usage
Edible
Basic Description

Flat heads of white flowers in the spring. Birds eat the purple-black fruit in the fall. The edible fruit tastes like raisins. Grow as a small tree or multi-stemmed shrub. The leaves develop a beautiful red color in fall. Two plants are required for cross pollination and fruit set.

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