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Nannyberry Viburnum

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  2-8

Soil Type:  Clay & Loamy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  15-25'' Height and 6-12' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average to moist but well drained soils

Plant Characteristics

Nannyberry Viburnum

Viburnum lentago

Arching branches of glossy green leaves adorn this multi-stem shrub which can be pruned to a small single-trunk tree. In late spring, showy flat-topped clustering white flowers attract pollinators. Sweet blue-black autumn berries are tasty fresh. Deep red fall foliage. Berries frequently persist into winter and are enjoyed by many types of birds and small mammals. This versatile viburnum is suitable for many planting applications. Apt to sucker, Nannyberry is excellent for naturalizing in moist areas, near stream banks, or in low wooded areas. Sturdy shrub for borders, hedge, or screen. Tolerant of air pollution.

Favored by nanny goats, Viburnum lentago is commonly known as Nannyberry. Also known as sheepberry, over ripe fruit smells like wet sheep wool. Very winter hardy, adaptable to most any type of site. Hanging branches reaching the ground may root, or layer. Naturalize to form a thicket.

Sturdy shrub for borders, a hedge or screen. Fine for naturalizing, apt to suckering. White Spring flowers. Its edible blue-black autumn berries are enjoyed by many birds and small mammals. The arching branches of the Nannyberry Viburnum are glossy green foliage and turn deep red in the fall. Sun to part shade, tolerates air pollution.

Common uses for the Nannyberry Viburnum:

  • Screen or tall hedge
  • Shrub border
  • Native plantings
  • Naturalizing

The fruit of the Nannyberry Viburnum is enjoyed by cedar waxwings, brown thrashers, ruffed grouse, chipmunks and squirrels. The foliage is a host to moth and butterfly caterpillars. Various birds will shelter within the foliage of this shrub.

Product Questions

How old does the shrub need to be to begin berry production?
Question by: Mary Mack on Jan 27, 2022, 9:17 AM
Typically, you might expect a bare-root Nannyberry Viburnum to begin berry production in 3-5 years. That time-frame is accurate for most bare-root shrubs.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 27, 2022, 10:17 AM
Is the Nannyberry Viburnum self pollinating?
Question by: Zandra Cloutier on Apr 22, 2022, 5:31 PM
We recommend planting more than one of this species for increased fruit production. You do not need another viburnum variety.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 23, 2022, 11:18 AM
What's the recommended spacing if you wanted to plant a row of these as a thick privacy hedge/screen?
Question by: Christopher Forte on May 16, 2023, 1:37 PM
You can plant them 4 - 6 ft apart.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on May 16, 2023, 1:51 PM