Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Nannyberry Viburnum

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

Height:

15 to
18
feet

Spread:

10 to
18
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
18
feet
Spread: 10 to
18
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
18
feet
Spread: 10 to
18
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Great as a screen plant with year-round interest. American Indians used a tea made from the bark to increase urine flow. Bark of viburnums used to treat Malaria and uterine infections.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Can grow well in full sun or shade, dry or moist soils. Very durable and adaptable.
Special Features
Special Usage
Edible
Basic Description

A shrub or small tree that flowers in late spring with round topped clusters of creamy-white flowers. The deep blue fruit clusters with whitish coating ripen in late fall. Fruit is glossy when white coating wears off. the oval leaves that come to an abrupt point are soft yellow green turning dark glossy green in summer. Often turns purplish-red in fall. Bark on the trunk is gray to reddish-brown with thin, square plates. The branch bark is gray and smooth except for the raised lenticels (pores, ‘spots’). Classified as endangered in Missouri, possibly due to Missouri being on the southern edge of its range. It is more common in states to our north. Important food plant for wildlife in the winter. Fruits are edible.

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