Nannyberry Viburnum is beautiful this time of year. The leaves turn anywhere from pink to maroon to bright red.
A large native shrub/small tree, it's common in our Minnesota woodland edges and sunny open areas in the understory. Often found in medium to dry, loamy to sandy soils, it's a very adaptable native.
One of its most distinguishing features is the bud. Very long and linear, its form especially stands out in winter months.
Nannyberry Viburnum can reach heights of 25 feet, but mature plants are often found around 15 feet. The large clusters are multi-stemmed and new clones sucker from the roots.
The white 5 parted flowers emerge in late May, arranged in a somewhat flat-topped cyme.
I have several seedlings in my yard from planting collected seed. I have also planted quite a few mature Nannyberry shrubs in my yard as it grows locally.
See map below for range.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.