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Viburnum rufidulum (Southern Blackhaw)

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum, Rusty Blackhaw, Southern Blackhaw, Blackhaw, Bluehaw, Downy Viburnum, Southern Nannyberry, Rusty Nannyberry, Nannyberry, Viburnum prunifolium var. ferrugineum, Viburnum rufidulum var. margarettiae, Viburnum rufotomentosum


With a year-round attractive appearance, Viburnum rufidulum (Southern Blackhaw) is a large, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree noted for its eye-catching flower clusters, colorful berries and attractive fall color. In spring, a profusion of rounded or flat-topped clusters, 5 in. wide (12 cm), packed with up to 150 creamy-white flowers, are elegantly held above the foliage. Nectar-rich, they are loved by butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The blossoms are followed by clusters of edible, dark blue berries that ripen in the fall. They often persist into winter and are quite attractive to birds and wildlife. The handsome foliage of oval to obovate, finely serrate, glossy dark green leaves, turns various shades of pink, red and purple in fall. The leaf undersides, buds and young stems are covered with rusty brown hairs, hence the common name of Rusty Blackhaw. Native to the eastern and central United States, Southern Blackhaw occurs naturally in rocky or dry woods, valleys, rocky glades, thickets and along streams. It may produce suckers that result in tight groves. A very rewarding shrub which is not only good-looking, but also durable and pest free. Rusty Blackhaw is good for understory plantings or rocky areas in full sun to partial sun.

  • Slowly grows up to 10-20 ft. tall and wide (3-6 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer areas.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, as a flowering hedge or screen or for foundation plantings.
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious pest or disease issues.
  • Prune as required immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings taken in the fall. If seeds need to be stored, they will need a period of stratification.
  • Native to the eastern and central United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 20' (3m – 6m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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