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Audubon® Blackhaw Viburnum
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The most treelike of our native Viburnums, Blackhaw Viburnum makes a grand specimen, and it is even more beautiful when songbirds are flitting among its branches, dining on the sweet black fruits. Robins, catbirds, bluebirds, cardinals, Cedar Waxwings, vireos, Purple Finches, flycatchers, and White-Throated Sparrows are some of the many birds that are known to feed on the berries. Homo sapiens may forage on them, too—sometimes making them into jelly when there’s a bumper crop! A treat for you as well as the birds, Blackhaw Viburnum will paint a pretty picture in your garden with its frosty white flowers in late spring and with its burgundy foliage in fall.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, catbirds, cardinals, waxwings, vireos, finches, flycatchers, and sparrows
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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: 3-9
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Recommended by Our Growers
Blackhaw Viburnum is native to much of the eastern United States and is especially abundant in the Lower Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic States. You may encounter it on a hike through the woods or near thickets in those areas. Blackhaw Viburnum supports local wildlife not only with the berries it bears. Many moths lay their eggs on this species, such as the brown scoopwing, common pug, pink prominent, crocus geometer, and horrid zale. In spring, the delightfully fragrant flowers nourish native insects, such as mason bees, cuckoo bees, miner bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and hummingbird moths.
Left to its own devices, Blackhaw Viburnum typically becomes a large, dense, suckering shrub (which makes for great bird habitat). However, it can be trained to one trunk and grown as a tree. It may get even larger when grown this way. The national champion Blackhaw Viburnum, in Virginia, is 35 feet tall and has a trunk that’s two feet thick.
How to Grow
Site Blackhaw Viburnum in full sun for the greatest flower production. It blooms less in part shade but will grow happily there as well. Give it good, loamy soil if possible. 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. An annual application of a balanced fertilizer such as Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer will promote healthy growth. Prune shortly after the flowers fade to avoid sacrificing the next year’s blooms.
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