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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Viburnum prunifolium

Smooth Blackhaw, Black Haw (or Blackhaw), Nannyberry, Blackhaw Viburnum

Scientific Name:

Viburnum prunifolium

Genus:

Viburnum

Species Epithet:

prunifolium

Common Name:

Smooth Blackhaw, Black Haw (or Blackhaw), Nannyberry, Blackhaw Viburnum

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Viburnaceae (Viburnum Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Alluvial forests, other mesic forests. In NC, it is frequent to common in the Piedmont and is probably the most often encountered Viburnum species in the province. Fairly common to common at least locally in the northwestern Coastal Plain, but rare in the southeastern portions (except in rich soil areas). It can be fairly common or frequent in at least the central mountain counties, but scarce in the north and in the southwestern corner.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Large understory shrub in flower in late March

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of inflorescence (cyme)

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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