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Viburnum prunifolium

Native Plants

Black Haw

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Black haw is a large deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree and provides garden interest throughout the growing season. With age, Viburnum prunifolium develops a rounded to irregular arching habit, reaching 10-20’ tall. In spring, it produces large quantities of attractive creamy-white, flat-topped clusters of flowers followed by showy, bluish-black fruit in late summer. Black haw is an excellent specimen plant for the naturalistic garden or woodland edge. It tolerates filtered shade to sun and performs well in a wide range of soil moisture and pH conditions. Viburnum prunifolium is a good companion for Rhododendron periclymenoides, Kalmia latifolia, Cornus florida, Phlox stolonifera, and Packera aurea.

More Details

  • Plant Type
    shrub, tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    purple, red 
  • Fruit/Seed Color