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Blackhaw Viburnum, Sheep-berry, Nanny-berry, Sweet-haw, Sweet Sloe, Stag Bush, Arrowwood
Viburnum prunifolium


Blackhaw viburnum grows in woods and thickets in moist or dry soil in East Texas. This plant ranges east to Florida and New York and north into Michigan. It resembles rusty blackhaw viburnum, V. rufidulum (see Texas Native Trees website), except that its upper leaf surfaces are dull rather than shiny and it has no reddish hairs on it anywhere as does V. rufidulum. Blackhaw viburnum can be a round-headed tree or multi-stemmed shrub which has been described as having a handsomely coarse aspect in winter. The late fall color is variable from plant to plant, from bronze, purplish, reddish purple, dull deep red to shining red. The flowers sport so many yellow stamens that they appear creamy rather than white. Although it will tolerate some sun, blackhaw viburnum is best used as a medium understory or edge-of-the-woods shrub.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub
large shrub
small tree

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: white to creamy white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: blue - black drupe

Height: 8 to 25 feet (occasionally to 30 feet)

Width: 8 to 10 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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