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Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum rufidulum


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Rusty Blackhaw
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Alternate name: Bluehaw, Rusty Nannyberry

Family: Caprifoliaceae, Honeysuckle view all from this family

Description This viburnum is a shrub or tree, usually growing to 18 ft. but sometimes taller. Glossy, dark-green, deciduous leaves turn a variety of warm hues in autumn. White flower heads, 4-6 in. wide, are followed by blue-black fruit.

Habitat Mountains, Canyons & valleys.

Range Texas, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Plains, Great Lakes.

Comments Slow-growing. Hard to propagate.

Exposure Preference Partial sun.

Flower May - June

Native Distribution Virginia to s. Ohio, s. Indiana, s. Illinois & Missouri, s., except in mts., to Florida & Texas

Site Preference Dry, rocky woods; thickets; stream banks

Soil Preference Dry soils.

Wildlife Value Fall berries attract birds