Viburnum lentago

A white-flowered, fruit-bearing bush that spreads via root suckering

Viburnum lentago nannyberry

Plant grows in the wild/spontaneouslyPlant is native to PA

Nannyberry can either be a bush or a small tree, typically 12-18 feet tall with a 6-12 foot diameter.  It bears small, scentless white flowers in small groups roughly five inches in diameter.  The leaves of the nannybush are ovate, with a lengthy point, and are also toothed.  The plant naturalizes easily as it spreads by suckering.

Prefers well-drained soil of average pH with medium to full sun.

Found in the west and south-easterns parts of the state.

Wetland codes

Flowers in May.

Fruits late July to August.

Leaves  simple, oval, with pointy tip and fine-toothed margin; oppositely attached; shiny green; petiole is flattened, with many glands

Bark  gray, smooth, with many horizontal lines; can have small scales

Flower  white, in flat clusters

Fruit  berry-like with 1 seed, turning dark purple when mature; in clusters

Fall color  red to reddish purple

The blue-black, berry-like fruit of the nannybush can be safely eaten or prepared as preserves when ripe.

S-rank:  S5 (Secure)
G-rank:  G5 (Secure)