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Viburnum lentago Nannyberry Viburnum

Viburnum lentago

Nannyberry Viburnum

An upright and finally arching shade tolerant species reaching 15-18'.  Can be grown as a large multi-stemmed shrub or trained as an ornamental tree.  Leaves are glossy, dark green and sharply serrate.  Flower clusters are white, flat-topped cymes in mid May, but yellow stamens protruding above the flowers give them a creamy-white appearance.  Fruits are green drupes progressing to pink to rose and maturing to bluish-black and often with a grayish bloom.  Fruits are prolific and give a spectacular show while maturing through the colors and are very persistant, providing winter interest.  Fall colors vary between yellow, orange, and burgundy.  Native to eastern North America and Canada from Quebec to Ontario.  Zone 2

USDA Hardiness Zone:



V. lentago can be grown as a large multistemmed shrub or pruned to a single stem and grown as an ornamental tree with four seasons of interest.


15-18 Feet


10-12 Feet

Viburnum lentago Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate to Fast


  • Arching
  • Upright, spreading

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid
  • Drought tolerant

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Shade tolerant

Fall Color

  • Yellow, orange, and burgundy

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Green to pink to rose to bluish-black
  • Abundant and showy
  • Persistant

Native to

  • Canada
  • North America