nannyberry Caprifoliaceae Viburnum
lentago L. symbol: VILE
Leaf: Opposite, simple, finely serrated, ovate to elliptical, long pointed tip, 2 1/2 to 4 inches long, shiny dark green above, paler with tiny black dots beneath, petiole reddish, winged and wavy.
Flower: Small, white, occurring in round topped clusters, 3 to 5 inches across, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Dark blue, oval drupes, up to 1/2 inch long, occurring in hanging clusters from red stems, ripen in fall.
Twig: Slender, gray-brown; buds are valvate, slender, up to 1/2 inch long and pinkish brown, flower buds similar but appear swollen.
Bark: Gray-brown, initially smooth but later becoming irregularly scaly.
Form: A large shrub or small tree reaching up to 20 feet tall, with an open crown and arching branches.
Looks like: blackhaw - rusty blackhaw - possumhaw viburnum - hobblebush
Additional Range Information: Viburnum lentago is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting nannyberry.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson