Nannyberry Live Stakes also known as Viburnum lentago
Upright with a thicket-forming appearance, this shrub is multi-stemmed with slightly arching branches. In May, the Nannyberry shrub produces small, creamy white, fragrance-free flowers that form flat-top clusters, which also gives the shrub the name Sheepberry. In Autumn, the oval-shaped, glossy dark green leaves turn to an admirable red-purple color. Flowers give way to yellow berries that turn dark blue or black at full maturity that last through winter. The berries are edible and can be used in jams and jellies. The small fruit also attracts wildlife, such as wildlife and birds. For butterfly lovers, this plant is the host for the spring azure butterfly's larva and caterpillars.
The Nannyberry Live Stakes will be a large shrub or small tree that is perfect for adding year-round beauty to your landscape.
Nannyberry shrubs are ideally versatile and can grow from hardiness zone 3 to hardiness zone 7. This large shrub can grow 15 to 20 feet high and 10 to 15 feet wide. Naturally found in diverse environments; bogs, prairie habitats, woodlands, and wood edges, It's soil preference is not particular and can grow well in dry to wet soil. Full sun to partial shade is preferred. A viburnum plant can grow at a moderate to a rapid pace, growing 1 to 2 feet in a year.
Known for suckering, Nannyberry Live Stakes are great for naturalization.
This shrub is perfect for uses as hedges, massing, utility, windbreak, and diversity in every garden or landscape. If naturalization is not desired; then remove root suckers at the base to control colonization and height. To keep shape and appearance prune after flowering.
Easy to manage with year-round beauty this shrub is the perfect addition to any lawn or garden. It attracts the pleasant views of wildlife, birds, and butterflies, that one can enjoy on a sunny afternoon while adding the privacy that this suckering shrub naturally brings.