Viburnum lentago


Viburnum lentago - Nannyberry

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune as needed after flowering (leave flowers to allow for berries in the fall). New shoots coming up from the ground (suckers) can be removed to prevent spreading if desired, otherwise, plant in an area where it can spread naturally. Another variety, not necessarily the same variety, may be necessary for cross-pollination for an increase in berry production.

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Nannyberry has year-round interest with showy flowers in spring, vibrant fall color and berries that last into winter.

  • White flowers followed by blue-black fruit
  • Food and cover for wildlife
  • Edible fruit ideal for eating fresh or in jams and jellies

Great background shrub for naturalized plantings, as a hedge or screen, or in large shrub border.

Height: 15-20 ft
Spread: 8-10 ft
Zone: 3-7
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Nannyberry:

Native in the eastern part of the U.S. this shrub is hardy and tough and ideal for naturalizing. The fruit changes color from green to yellow, pink, rose and finally to dark blue or black. It is most appealing visually before it turns blue or black, but ripens after the final color change. Its common name is either because it is a preferred diet choice of female goats (nanny) or the smell of the berries when over ripe smells like wet sheep wool. 

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Native
  • Great Foliage
  • Fall Color
  • Naturalizing
  • Attractive fruit
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Burgundy


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained