At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Adoxaceae
Latin Name: Viburnum lentago
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Green-yellow to red-purple
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: May
Shape: Spreading to rounded
Bark: Dark brownish-black
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 2 to Zone 8
Size: 14 to 16 feet
Spread: 12 to 6 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Otherwise known as “Sheepberry”, “Sweet Viburnum”, or “Wild Raisin”, the Nannyberry is an understory shrub that is both expedient and enticing in landscape plantings, effortlessly serving as a lovely hedge, windbreaker, shrub border, or tall barrier. It has an understated beauty, producing lovely seasonal flowers, sweet fruits, and multicolored autumn foliage.

Native to northeastern and Midwestern North America, Viburnum Lentago is one of the largest of the viburnums in the Adoxaceae family. The Nannyberry thrives in wet soils often situated at forest outskirts, but can also be frequently spotted along roadsides or near fence borders. The species is lauded for its colorful foliage, abundant and beautiful blossoms, adaptable nature, and its relatively small structure and compact habit (despite its suckering tendencies). Unlike most other viburnums, the Nannyberry’s fruit is edible and sweetly juicy.

A mature Nannyberry’s rounded crown can usually reach a modest height of 14-16 ft., and the shrub is typically half as wide as it is tall. Its structure is multi-stemmed, expansive, and rather gangly. The Nannyberry’s leaves are ovate, glossy, and dark green, with variable autumn foliage ranging from muted yellow-green hues to majestic reddish-purple shades. The plant’s May flowers appear as tiny odorless white blossoms which are gracefully clustered in flat-topped cymes, and which provide a truly refreshing splash of color against the tree’s dark leaves and darker brownish-black bark. These blossoms give way to the Nannyberry’s inky-blue berries, that may be eaten raw and are often used for jellies and jams. The plant’s name stems from the fact that these berries are allegedly a great favorite among nanny goats (interestingly, much more so than for billy goats).

With a resilient 2-8 hardiness zone rating, the Nannyberry thrives in a wide variety of environments but is suited best to medium, well-drained soils and should be situated beneath full sun to partial shade. Its intricately fibrous root system helps prevent soil erosion, especially in a wetland habitat. The Nannyberry further serves as a very crowd-pleasing food source for many types of wildlife, as its flowers and berries attract birds, butterflies, goats, and a plethora of other animals.

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