Name: Viburnum prunifolium - Blackhaw
Bloom Time: April - May
Fruit: September - October
Fruit Color: Bluish-black
Soil Condition: Dry to Moist, Well Drained
Light: Sun to Partial Shade
Height: 12-15' tall by 6-15' wide
Native Range: Eastern North America including Long Island
Zone: 3 - 9
Blackhaw is an easy-to-grow, three-season shrub with fragrant white flowers in the spring and pink, maturing to black, fruit in the fall and winter. Fall foliage is a lovely purplish color. Songbirds, as well as people, enjoy the fruits. Just like other viburnums, it will set fruit better with more than one shrub for pollination.
Maintenance: Not necessary but may be sheared as a hedge or pruned into tree form.
Benefits: Host plant to the spring and summer azure butterflies, black walnut tolerant, deer resistant
Fun Facts: The bark, berries, and leaves are used by many indigenous people for a multitude of ailments.
Companion Plants: Phlox stolonifera - Creeping Phlox, Packera aurea - Golden Ragwort, Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern