Blackhaw Viburnum

Viburnum prunifolium

Clusters of creamy white spring flowers followed by showy berries that ripen to blue-black and often persist through winter adorn this large, upright viburnum. Finely textured, glossy dark green foliage turns red and purple in the fall. A beautiful native shrub for specimen, hedge or mixed shrub border. Fruits are often used in jams and preserves. Deciduous.
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Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates drought, once established.

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Botanical Pronunciationvy-BER-num proo-ni-FOH-lee-um
LoreThe common name Blackhaw is thought to be due to its similarity to hawthorns, which are sometimes called red haws, though the two plants are in an entirely different genus and plant family. The berries are edible and often picked and eaten fresh, or used in jams and preserves
Average Size at MaturityFast grower to 10-15 ft. tall and 6-10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeWhite flowers in spring give way in autumn to blue-black, berry-like drupes
Design IdeasSmall specimen tree or large specimen shrub. Shrub borders. Tall hedge or screen. Incorporate into the background of a native planting.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorBronze
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Privacy Screen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Edible, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates drought, once established.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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