Deciduous, North American shrub
Description: Bears creamy white, flattened clusters of flowers in spring, followed by pink-rose, edible fruit that ripens to bluish black; foliage turns purple to reddish in autumn
Habit: Grows 10-15 feet high and 8-12 feet wide
Culture: Prefers moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil, and full sun to part shade
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: North America
Attributes: Attracts birds, bees, and butterflies; Deer resistant; Drought tolerant; Edible fruit; Fall color
This handsome shrub or small tree is native to Michigan and Connecticut south to Texas and Florida. Thomas Jefferson’s idea for a shrubbery at Monticello in 1771 included the planting of “Haw,” in addition to various other native and exotic trees, shrubs, vines, evergreens, and hardy perennial flowers. It was offered in Philadelphia by the Bartrams in their nursery listing of 1793 along with several other viburnum species. Blackhaw viburnum is highly adaptable to a variety of growing situations and, with its attractive flowers, showy fruits, and outstanding fall color, is an excellent specimen in the landscape.
This plant will ship bare root. Blackhaw Viburnum is approximately 18" tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your Blackhaw Viburnum plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.