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Viburnum lentago

Nannyberry Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum lentago 4 remaining. The Nannyberry Viburnum has 2” to 4” elliptic leaves that remind me of apple foliage. Soft yellow emerging leaves from lead gray buds turn dark glossy green. Red-purple autumn color is likely, fairly consistent here at Quackin’ Grass, though not guaranteed. In early season attractive creamy yellow-white flowers open in early to mid-May in flattened circular cymes. Fruits with a glaucous bloom run through green, yellow and rose, sometimes all colors occurring at one time before aging to purple-black. All viburnums are good bird plants but this one especially so. Though not entirely clear to us we think that this may be an exception in that V. lentago may be self-fertile, not requiring another for cross-pollination and fruit production. Nannyberry Viburnum is a large tall grower and variable in width.


15-18 in



Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum lentago

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Specimen
  • Screen
  • Shrub Border
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit; V. nudum 'Winterthur' and V. nudum var. angustifolium will cross with each other. But V. nudum is very closely allied with V. cassinoides and all of these will cross pollinate and provide late season fruit. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum selection such as 'Shasta' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum selections. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. The berries are magnificent and so welcome in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown.