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Nannyberry

( Viburnum lentago )

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Nannyberry
Sweet Viburnum
Blackhaw
Wild Raisin
Sheepberry
Adoxaceae
Viburnum
Viburnum lentago
Linnaeus
MB, NB, ON, QC, SK
Viburnum vetteri
Characteristics

Shrub

Deciduous

2

Sun, Partial Shade

Clay, Sand, Loam

Dry, Normal, Moist

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Mixedwood Plains, Boreal Plains, Prairies

Woodland, Forest Edge, Prairie/Meadow/Field, Wet Meadow/Prairie/Field, Riparian, Swamp/Marsh, Lakeshores

Pond Edge/Wetland Garden, Butterfly, Bird, Hedgerow/Thicket/Windbreak/Screening, Woodland, Prairie/Meadow
Design Considerations

400 cm

700 cm

May - Jun

White/Cream

Yes

Yes

Black|Red|Blue


Spring Azure and Gossamer Wings Butterflies

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Squirrels, Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Bees, Other Showy Insects

No
Conservation Status

No


Interesting Tidbits

Fruit raw or cooked [Moerman. D.]. It can also be dried for winter use [Harris. B. C.]. The fruit is variable in size and quality, the best being about 15mm long, pulpy, very sweet, somewhat juicy and pleasant tasting but with a thick skin and a single large seed. The fruit is said to be best after a frost but it is sometimes dry. (McPherson. A. and S.) An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of measles. An infusion of the leaves has been drunk, or a poultice of leaves applied, in the treatment of dysuria (painful urination). (Moerman. D.) Seeds can be sown in a cold frame in the fall, and greenwood cuttings can be taken for use in propagation. Habitat Information: The plant has buds that look like a duck bill, a unique characteristic of this plant. (Evergreen). Garden Uses: This plant can be used as a hedge. This plant should be used more in gardens, as it has berries that give the plant interest from early summer onward, turning from green to purple black. The flowers are showy like others of the viburnum family, and a native plant that can make a great addition to any formal or informal garden. (Evergreen) Insect Relationships: The viburnum leaf beetle has caused some concerns, mainly with high bush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum or opulus (European), a lesser problem for this species (trilobum). The PREFERRED host is Viburnum opulus. The larvae completely defoliate to the main midrib and larger veins of the leaves of viburnums,and may kill the plant after the 2nd or 3rd year. (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)


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