Water-Saving Native Plant of the Week - Rusty Black-haw Viburnum

By: Woodlands Water | Published 12/01/2020


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Water-Saving Native Plant of the Week by Bob Dailey: Rusty Black-haw Viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum). Native to open woodlands from East to Central Texas. Black-haw viburnum grows well in any well-drained sand, loam, or clay. This viburnum is a shrub or small tree, usually growing to 18 ft. but sometimes taller with bark separating into dark, rectangular plates. it has good fall color with showy white flowers in spring, the fruits are edible and taste like raisins. It's glossy, dark-green, deciduous leaves turn a variety of warm hues in autumn. The flowers are white, from 1/4 to 3/8 inch wide, in rounded or flattened clusters up to 4 inches wide, appearing in March and April and noticeable from a distance in early spring. Fruit fleshy, bluish black lightened by a waxy coating, up to 1/2 inch long, slightly longer than wide. Very drought tolerant once established, requires well drained soils on the dry side. Photo by Sally and Andy Wasowski, courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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