At a Glance
Latin Name: Viburnum lentago
Zones: 3 – 7
Nannyberry, sheepberry, or sweet viburnum, is a species of Viburnum native to North America.
A versatile native shrub with excellent year-round interest, Nannyberry Viburnum features showy white flowers in May, followed by burgundy leaf color and dark blue berries in autumn. This large upright shrub can spread and form colonies, making it a good choice for a tall privacy screen or hedgerow. It can also be maintained as a small tree by pruning stems and removing the suckers at the base.
Adaptable to a wide range of soils, found in low moist woods or near stream banks, but will tolerate drier sites. Very shade tolerant in nature, it grows larger in open sunny areas.
Caterpillars of numerous small moth species are known to host on Viburnum lentago, which is one reason it is considered a top wildlife plant for nesting birds. Other interesting larval hosts include the Pink Prominent, the Hummingbird Clearwing, and the Green Marvel moth.
The edible berries can be used to make jams and jellies.
Viburnums are not self-fertile, and cross pollination from two shrubs is needed for reliable fruit production.
-Wetland tolerant, preferred habitat
Purchase Size: 1-2 ft.
USDA NRCS Species Information