Rusty Blackhaw (Viburnum rufidulum)

  • Rusty Blackhaw forms a multiple or (occasionally) single-trunked small tree or large shrub, reaching 25 feet in height with an equal spread.  Trunks usually grow no thicker than six inches and arch away from the tree, forming a pleasing, vase-shaped crown. 
  • Leaves are dark green, three inches long, leathery, and extremely glossy. The tree is covered in springtime with striking five-inch-wide clusters of small, white blooms. These flowers are followed by clusters of dark blue, waxy fruits that are extremely popular with wildlife and will occasionally persist on the plant from September throughout the autumn, if not eaten by wildlife.  In fall, Rusty Blackhaw puts on a brilliant display of scarlet red to purple foliage.
  • Rusty Blackhaw will grow and look nice in full sun or partial shade on any reasonably fertile, well-drained soil. The tree will also grow in shade but forms a more open habit and flowering is significantly reduced. 
  • Although tolerant of drought, it will not tolerate compacted soil. This would be a good tree for planting beneath power lines and in other limited space areas. Useful as a hedge, specimen, or border tree, this deciduous tree adapts well to urban areas. Pests are usually not a major problem.

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