Viburnum prunifolium

Blackhaw Viburnum

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Blackhaw viburnum can be grown as a multistemmed shrub or a rounded tree since it attains heights of 12' to 15' or can even reach 20' to 30' over a 30-year period. The small, finely toothed oval leaves are similar to the leaves of cherry trees, which accounts for its scientific name. The flowers are white with yellow stamens, giving them a creamy appearance. The pink fruit turns black as it matures in autumn; this edible fruit can be used for preserves or jam if birds don't devour them first. Attractive fall foliage ranges in color from purple to red.

Viburnums are a versatile genus of multi-stemmed shrubs that are well suited to the home landscape due to their range of sizes and cultural adaptability. Some viburnums are noted for their fragrant flowers; most bear small fruit that may add visual interest. Many viburnums have attractive fall color. There are over 100 different varieties of viburnum at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Bedding or Border, Understory
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 9