Audubon® Nannyberry Viburnum
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If you’re wanting to fill up a big, blank space or block an ugly view, Nannyberry Viburnum is at your service! This big, bountiful Accent will give you something pretty to look at, and it will bring in the birds, too. You’ll enjoy watching the berry-like fruits morph from green to yellow to hot pink to navy blue in late summer, and then you’ll enjoy watching the birds reap the harvest. Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, robins, Purple Finches, catbirds, grosbeaks, and Hermit Thrushes are fond of them. You may want to graze on the fruits as well! They’re sweet and safe to eat.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, finches, grosbeaks, and thrashers.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 2-8
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Nannyberry gets its name from the notion that the plant—in particular, the overripe fruit—smells like a nanny goat. It is also known as “Sheepberry” for the same reason. Such an unfair assessment! In truth, you may be able to detect a slight sheepy scent, but it is very faint, and you won’t notice it unless you make a concerted effort to do so. Hikers in the Northwoods might encounter this shrub near streams or in low woods. It is native to eastern Canada and down into the Great Lakes States and New England.
Nannyberry has other seasonal highlights to offer, such as a bevy of creamy-white flower clusters in late spring. They offer pollen and nectar to native bees and hoverflies. In autumn, the glossy green leaves take on burgundy and red hues.
How to Grow
Site Nannyberry Viburnum in full sun for the greatest flower and fruit production. It blooms less in part shade but will grow happily there as well. It prefers rich soil, though this adaptable plant will accept most well-drained sites without complaint. Provide water on a weekly basis and mulch with wood chips, bark, or pine straw to conserve moisture and moderate temperatures in the root zone. Left on its own, Nannyberry becomes a large thickety shrub (which is great bird nesting habitat). You can, however, turn it into more of a tree by removing the suckers when they appear.
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