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Nannyberry Live Stakes

Nannyberry Live Stakes

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Nannyberry Live Stakes - Nannyberry

Scientifically referred to as viburnum lentago, this plant is a large deciduous shrub or a small single or multi-stemmed tree, 20 to 25 ft. tall.

Nannyberry Live Stakes is native to the Midwestern and northern parts of the United States and in southern Canada from the west part of New Brunswick to the southeastern part of Saskatchewan. However, it grows naturally in parts of the Dakotas, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Appalachian mountains. The Nannyberry is noted for its shiny foliage, eye-catching clusters, fruit display, drooping branches, and fall color.

During spring, several flat-topped white flower masses emerge from the great vase like buds and they are stylishly supported above the foliage. Though non-fragrant, bees, butterflies and other pollinators love them. The blooms of this plant give way to clusters of bluish blackberries that have red stalks during fall. The fruit is small and 8 to 16 mm long on a reddish stem.

While the Nannyberry Live Stakes is showy, especially when viewed up-close, they can persist into winter and they are very attractive to game birds, songbirds, and mammals. Its bluish blackberries are tasty and somewhat juicy and can be eaten straight from the shrub or they can be used to make jams. The gorgeous and finely toothed, egg-shaped, and shiny dark green foliage change into an attractive shade of red, yellow and purple during fall.

The roots of the Nannyberry are fibrous. It's grown in wet soils especially along the borders of the forest and it can be found along roadsides and in fence corners. Its wood is dark orange-brown, hard, heavy and close-grained with a density of up to 0.7303. The plant can easily adapt to cultivation, and it's among one of the best small trees used for decoration of gardens and parks in all regions that experience extreme winter cold. It is easy to raise the seeds which like other American species; they germinate in the second year after planting.

Nannyberry Live Stakes