Tuesday, August 25, 2009


These pictures which were taken last autumn show leaves on a nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) bush. Nannyberries are native in our area and have shiny green leaves in the summer, and if you are lucky, red and chocolate colored leaves in the fall. The fall foliage is not reliable and varies from plant to plant and year to year. There are clusters of white flowers in the spring and small blue/black berries in the late summer and early fall on mature bushes (which can actually grow quite large resembling small trees). The berries are edible, but I have never had one. Most of the nannyberry plants that I have seen are in the understory and not very healthy or productive although I have seen some with spectacular fall color. Some varieties of nannyberry have been cultivated for ornamental use and are sold through nurseries.

1. poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) -native
2. red maple (Acer rubrum) -native
3. Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) -native
4. staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) -native
5. common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) -not native
6. New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) -native
7. Canada goldenrod (Solidago altissima) -native
8. catsear (Hypochaeris radicata) -not native
9. butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris) -not native
10. meadow hawkweed (Pilosella caespitosa) -not native
11. spiny sowthistle (Sonchus asper) -not native
12. Carolina horsenettle (Solanum carolinense) -native
13. lady's-thumb (Persicaria maculosa) -native
14. American elm (Ulmus americana) -native
15. nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) -native

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