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- Latin Name- Viburnum Prunifolium Hardy Planting Zone- 3-9 Mature Height- 12-25 ft Width- 10-12 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun
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Black Haw - Viburnum Prunifolium
Viburnum prunifolium, also known as Blackhaw viburnum, is a large bush or a native tree that grows up to a height of 2-9 meters and spreads of 6-12'. It has a short curved stem and has spreading branches. In spring new foliage with white flowers appears. The flowers are usually flat-topped with a diameter of 4.5'. During winter, this tree produces black fruits and pinkish-red foliage, making it suitable for naturalized areas. Blackhaw prefers a growing condition that is average, arid to semi-arid, and a well-drained soil. The plant also prefers full to partial shade, this means that it favors at least four hours of nonstop, unfiltered sunlight daily. Blackhaw is native to common forests and woods edges. They can tolerate stream banks and also roadside edges.
This tree grows in the hardiness zones 3-9. Viburnum is widely preferred by many landscapers due to its ability to adapt wet, dry, shade and sunny growing conditions and can be transplanted easily. The tree can be propagated as a small tree or even a multi-stemmed bush. This tree is often mixed up with Nannyberry because of the leaf arrangement. However, the petioles of the Blackhaw are rose-colored but not winged like those of the Nannyberry. Blackhaw has showy and edible drupes that go blue or black during fall. The fruits are a source of food for birds and the flowers of the tree attract all kinds of pollinators, ranging from bees to butterflies. Apart from proving food to the birds, the tree also gives them shelter.
For many ages, the blackhaw, Viburnum prunifolium, has been used for medicinal purposes. The back of the tree is used in treating various conditions. Blackhaw provides a good fall color with the leaves turning purple and rich red- maroon, and early winter eatables for many species of birds.
This plant has two other varieties which include, Early Red which is famous for its fine foliage exhibition, and the Ovazam which is famous for its upright and young leaves that are reddish cast.
Blackhaw Viburnum - is a favorite design element for homeowners. It is often used as a screening shrub but grows well as a singular showpiece, with an abundance of flowers in mid-spring.
Blackhaw is a perfect choice for those who enjoy edible plants in their garden. In the summer, the blackhaw bush radiates vitality with deep green leaves that transform into a light show of fall colors in the autumn.