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  ''A garden without a viburnum is akin to life without music and art" -- Michael Dirr, Manual of Woody Plants.


     Blackhaw Viburnum is so beautiful in flower, and because it is largely disease-resistant, I don't think it's a stretch to consider it as a substitute for White Flowering Dogwood


     The spring blooms arrive in large, white flower clusters followed by edible blue-black fruits that make a tasty jam.  Blackhaw's dark green foliage turns reddish-purple in the fall. It tolerates drought and does well in urban conditions.


     Blackhaw is larval host to the Tufted Apple-bud Moth and other species, and it attracts native bees, bumble bees, butterflies, and tons of other pollinators.


     Like all Viburnums, two or more plants are needed for fruit. 


     Photos: Creative Commons; Fall Leaves: Pl@ntNet

Viburnum, Blackhaw

3 Gallons
    • Latin: Viburnum prunifolium
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Current height: 3-4 feet
    • Mature height: 12-20 feet (shrub or single-trunk tree)
    • Light: Best in dappled sun; full sun with moisture
    • Soil: Moist
    • Bloom: White, spring
    • Fruit: Olive-shaped; pink to bluish-black (mature) (two for fruit)
    • Foliage: Deciduous, burgundy-red fall
    • Landscape: Hedge or screen, specimen tree.
    • Resistance: Deer
    • More information and native range here
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