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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another great shrub

Have you been in the woods lately and noticed a beautiful white flowering shrub that does not quite look like a dogwood? This plant is probably Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw or Possumhaw Viburnum).  This native viburnum is very happy this spring, and I have noticed more blooms from V. prunifolium than I have any other year.  This great native woodland understory shrub is definitely one that should be used more in the landscape, especially if you have a shady area that is begging for something to be planted.  It has beautiful reddish leaves in the fall, and gets the white flowers in the spring.  It has a fairly long lasting bloom, and is not prone to deer browse. It produces beautiful fruits that change from a greenish pink to blueish black when they  reach maturity.  The berries attract wildlife to your yard, and can also last through the winter for some extra winter color.

It is also important to note that if you are managing your woodland for invasives V. prunifolium has great similarity to common privet which is one of our invasive shrubs.  I learned early on that this is not a great volunteer day project because the plants do look very similar unless you make yourself familiar with the differences.

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