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- Latin Name- Viburnum Lentago Hardy Planting Zone- 2-8 Mature Height- 12-15 ft Width- 10- 15 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun
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Nannyberry shrub- Viburnum lentagoScientifically referred to as viburnum lentago, this plant is a large deciduous shrub or a small single or multi-stemmed tree, 20 to 25 ft. tall. This shrub is native to the Midwestern and northern parts of the United States and in southern Canada from the west part of New Brunswick to the southeastern part of Saskatchewan. However, it grows naturally in parts of the Dakotas, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Appalachian mountains. The Nannyberry is noted for its shiny foliage, eye-catching clusters, fruit display, drooping branches, and fall color.
During spring, several flat-topped white flower masses emerge from the great vase like buds and they are stylishly supported above the foliage. Though non-fragrant, bees, butterflies and other pollinators love them. The blooms of this plant give way to clusters of bluish blackberries that have red stalks during fall. The fruit is small and 8 to 16 mm long on a reddish stem.
While the Nannyberry is showy, especially when viewed up-close, they can persist into winter and they are very attractive to game birds, songbirds, and mammals. Its bluish blackberries are tasty and somewhat juicy and can be eaten straight from the shrub or they can be used to make jams. The gorgeous and finely toothed, egg-shaped, and shiny dark green foliage change into an attractive shade of red, yellow and purple during fall.
The roots of the Nannyberry are fibrous. It's grown in wet soils especially along the borders of the forest and it can be found along roadsides and in fence corners. Its wood is dark orange-brown, hard, heavy and close-grained with a density of up to 0.7303. The plant can easily adapt to cultivation, and it's among one of the best small trees used for decoration of gardens and parks in all regions that experience extreme winter cold. It is easy to raise the seeds which like other American species; they germinate in the second year after planting.
The Nannyberry shrub is botanically known as Viburnum lentago and is a member of the Adoxaceae family. The other names this shrub may be called is Nannyberry viburnum, Sheepberry, and Sweet viburnum. This is a shrub that is native to certain parts of the United States and seasonally loses its leaves.This vibrunum shrub is an attractive shrub, and offers versatility and year-round visual interest to large-scale landscape plans, as well as smaller gardens. They make excellent natural boundaries or borders, and help to provide privacy.The shrub's popularity is rooted in its long-lasting visual aesthetic which benefits any garden. The shrub flowers during the early summer, and has significant clusters of creamy white blooms. The flowering season is long, and pollinators like butterflies flock to the shrub. Spring Azure butterflies are particularly drawn to this type of bush, and are welcome visitors to gardens. During spring, the plant's leaves are about four inches long. The leaves are dark green, and appear glossy. During the late fall, the plant takes on a burgundy hue, and then during winter, it produces a delicious edible berry. The berries are a radiant blue, and have bright red stalks. They add a brilliant pop of color to any garden. The berries are both a lovely shade of blue, and good to eat. They are frequently used in jams and jellies, and bring an added value to your garden. During the wintertime, the plant's leaves turn beautiful, vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange.Nannyberry viburnum is drought resistant, hardy and grows well in a variety of growing conditions. It also acclimates well to various climates, and is easy to grow. The bush is an excellent addition to a garden or landscape plan, because it requires very little time and attention from a caretaker, and grows well when left alone. The plant stays attractive during the entire year, and overgrows. These factors coupled together have helped to increase the popularity of Nannyberry viburnum. Because of its versatility, the shrub has become one of the most commonly used plants in flowerbeds, gardens and landscape plans.