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Viburnum lentago L.

Nannyberry, sheepberry, sweet viburnum

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderDipsacalesIncludes viburnum, honeysuckle, snowberry, beautybush, twinflower, many others
FamilyAdoxaceaeElders and viburnums
GenusViburnumLatin for “a kind of shrub”
SpecieslentagoFlexible, as the twigs are very tough and flexible

About plant names...

Nannyberry is native to North America.

Identification: Nannyberry is a large, often irregular shrub or small tree up to 30' (9 m) tall, but usually 12-15' (3.7-4.6 m). If it has a single trunk, it is up to 10" (25 cm) in diameter. Multiple trunks are smaller. Leaves are 2½-4" (6.3-10 cm) long, medium- to dark green, shiny, roughly oval to elliptical in shape, with serrated edges. In the fall, colors are muted, and include green, red, purple, and yellow. Flowerheads are cream-colored, flat-topped, up to 5" (12 cm) in diameter. Berries turn from light green to purple, red, and yellow; eventually to blue-black, and are often a mixture of several colors.

See this comparison table showing Viburnums that are presently in our database, or this nicely done Viburnum species guide.

Online References:

Viburnum lentago at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Viburnum lentago on Wikipedia

Viburnum lentago at the Ohio State University PLANTFacts database

Viburnum lentago at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Viburnum lentago at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Viburnum lentago on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Viburnum lentago on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Viburnum lentago at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Viburnum lentago at Gymnosperms.org

Viburnum ×vetteri Zabel


Viburnum lentago description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Viburnum lentago (nannyberry, sheepberry, sweet viburnum)

8/15/2021 · Bass Falls Preserve, Alna, Maine
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9 cm)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry, sheepberry, sweet viburnum)

1/19/2021 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry, sheepberry, sweet viburnum)

8/15/2021 · Bass Falls Preserve, Alna, Maine
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9 cm)

Range: Zones 2-8:

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