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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Nannyberry - Pages 160-161

Illinois Native Plant Guide

Viburnum lentago

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance

Prefers moist to saturated soils in mesic woods. Species tolerates 1 inch of standing water.

Wildlife Value

Edible fruits attract birds. Provides food and nesting habitat for songbirds, such as, gray catbird, common flicker, American robin, eastern bluebird, cedar waxwing, and other species.


Used in upper shoreline zones, for streambank stabilization, and on upland slope buffers.

Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance

  • Available as bare root, container-grown, or balled and burlapped.
  • Spreads vegetatively by suckers.
  • Has fast growth rate, 2-2.5 feet per year.
  • Some observations indicate berry pulp may need to be washed from the seed in order to achieve better germination.
  • Moist, warm stratification of seeds followed by moist, cold stratification has been reported to break dormacy by some sources.

Viburnum lentago

Mature Height
15-35 feetNannyberry

Plant Type
Small tree/shrub

Indicator Status
Facultative (+)


Nutrient Load Tolerance

Salt Tolerance

Siltation Tolerance

Flowering Color and Time
May to June

Light Preference
Partial sun to full sun
Shade tolerant

Seeding Rate
Not applicable

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