Shade and Ornamental Trees: Viburnum (Nannyberry)

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Viburnum lentago

Nannyberry viburnum is a native small tree or large shrub with arching branches. In youth it has an upright broad columnar form and will become an upright thicket (shrub) or a rounded arching/pendulous tree. Foliage emerges a soft yellow green, darkening with age and may display some fall colours of purple and reds (not dependable). Small creamy-white flowers in clusters in mid/late spring; drupes in pendulous clusters change colour from green, to yellow, pink, rose finally turning blue black. Ripe and rotting fruit reminds some of wet wool. Tolerates shade but more susceptible to mildew! Tendancy to sucker. (V. lentago also known as "sheepberry")