Viburnum lentago L. - Nannyberry


 

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Viburnum lentago - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Habitat

Moist woods, often near springs or along stream banks. Woodland edges and along fencerows.

Associates

 

 Distribution

Quebec west to southeast Saskatchewan and southeast MT, south to NJ, VA, IL, MO, NE, WY, and CO.

Morphology

Tall shrub or small tree to 10 m. Leaves ovate to oblong, sharply acuminate, finely serrate, lateral veins branching before reaching leaf margin. Cymes sessile. Fruit a waxy blue-black drupe, sweet; stone flattened.

Notes

Flowers late April to early June

Wetland indicator: Facultative+

A good shrub for landscaping. Fruits are said to be quite palatable but I have never tried them.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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