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Nannyberry

Nannyberry

Nannyberry

If you can't find the baby parrot, go to the kitchen. If you can't find the kitchen, just follow the finger foods. Remember to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Don't forget to ask your mom for the cheese.A versatile native shrub with excellent year-round interest, Nannyberry Viburnum features showy white flowers in May and burgundy leaf color in autumn with dark blue berries. A large upright shrub, it spreads by roots to form colonies and makes an excellent privacy screen or hedgerow. It can be maintained as a small tree by pruning stems and removing the suckers at the base. Adaptable to a wide range of soils, this native viburnum is 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.

Nannyberry

Nannyberry is not only common throughout most of Minnesota, it's become a fairly popular landscaping shrub in urban areas. While it's typically a densely mutliple stemmed shrub in open sites, the plant industry had deemed it fit to train it to a single stem, marketing it more as a small tree. That works only as well as the final property owner dutifully prunes out the numerous suckers it attempts to produce. Even then, it will not persist long term as a single stemmed small tree, over time losing its vigor and esthetic form.Nannyberry is a leggy shrub that produces intricately-veined leaves with long tips, and flat-topped clusters of uniform, small, white flowers, borne on arching branches. It often suckers at the base. The blue-black fruits produced in fall can persist into winter, providing a food source for birds, humans, and, according to lore, nanny goats (hence one origin of the common name).

Although quite shade-tolerant, it achieves a relatively larger size in more open areas. It can be grown as a shrub or small tree. Creamy white flowers in spring are showy as are the fruits in the fall which are edible. Fall color is orange to reds.Nannyberry is a multi-stem, suckering shrub that can reach 20'. Multiple shrubs, placed 8-12' apart, could make a nice hedge when mature. The white flowers have no noticeable scent but attract numerous pollinators in the early spring months when not much else is flowering. In addition to the many pollinators attracted to it, Nannyberry is also one of the larval host plants for the Spring Azure. By fall, redish purple berries hang heavily and are a favorite of birds and other wildlife. This fruit is edible and is often used to make jam. Nannyberry has a distinct terminal bud.A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Adaptable to a wide range of soil textures, moisture levels, and soil pH. Nannyberry has proven itself to be tolerant of heat, drought, and performs well in the urban landscape. Some drought tolerance.

 

 

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