Nannyberry Viburnum

Nannyberry Viburnum

Viburnum lentago

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens, Shade Tolerant

Height: 12-15'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8

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Nannyberry Viburnum is an upright, multi-stem shrub, very popular in the American landscape. It can grow from 12-16′ and beyond in optimal conditions, with a comparable spread. In late spring it has vibrant white flowers which give way to berries, benefiting pollinators as well as many animals that feed on its fruit. The berries are edible and can be eaten right off the bush or made into jellies and jams. The name actually comes from the berries’ wild popularity among nanny goats.  Overall, this is a very winter hardy, reliable, and low maintenance shrub. An interesting thing to note is its tolerance of air pollution, making it a good option in urban areas. They can be used as a tall hedge, screen, or background for a lovely native planting. Nannyberry is a host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly, pictured above.


Additional information



Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Average, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.