Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
- Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
- Flowering: May-June.
- Field Marks: This Viburnum, with finely toothed leaves, differs further by its wavy-edged leaf stalks and its long-pointed leaves.
- Habitat: Along streams, low woods.
- Habit: Small tree up to 25 feet tall; crown rounded.
- Bark: Red-brown, broken into an irregular pattern.
- Buds: Red, nearly smooth, long-pointed.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, ovate, long-pointed at the tip, tapering or rounded at the base, finely toothed, smooth or slightly hairy, up to 3 inches long, up to 1 1/2 inches broad; leaf stalks wavy-edged.
- Flowers: Many, in broad, round-topped clusters, up to 1/3 inch wide, white.
- Sepals: 5, minute.
- Petals: 5, white, united.
- Stamens: 5, attached to the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Drupes oval to ellipsoid, blue-black, up to 1/2 inch long.
- Notes: The fruits are edible. The leaves turn purple-red in the autumn.
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