Viburnum prunifoliumItem #40719 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates drought, once established.Average Landscape Size:Fast grower to 10-15 ft. tall and 6-10 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:vy-BUR-num proo-ni-FOH-lee-umPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast grower to 10-15 ft. tall and 6-10 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Edible, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, WaterwiseFoliage color:BronzeBlooms:White flowers in spring give way in autumn to blue-black, berry-like drupesFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasSmall specimen tree or large specimen shrub. Shrub borders. Tall hedge or screen. Incorporate into the background of a native planting.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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.Pruning time: after flowering to promote new growth.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates drought, once established.
- History & LoreHistory:Viburnum prunifolium is a north American native plant. It commonly occurs in moist woods, thickets and on stream banks, in a range that extends from Connecticut to Wisconsin and Iowa south to Kansas, Texas and Georgia. Blackhaw has been in cultivation as an ornamental plant since 1727.Lore:The 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