December Plant of the Month

December 5, 2017


article courtesy of Bailey Nurseries

New 2018 varieties are stepping into the spotlight as we edge closer to the end of the year and our focus begins to shift to spring (where has this year gone?!). This week’s new variety pulls double duty, available in both tree form as well as shrub form!

Homefree™ Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago ‘UMN870517’) is a University of Minnesota selection that shows a high level of resistance to powdery mildew. As a native cultivar, it performs well in a variety of landscape settings, tolerating full sun to partial shade as well as a range of wet and dry soil types. Hardy to zones 3 through 8.

Both forms sport crisp white flowers in the spring that are followed by blue-black fruits. The berries are edible, attracting both people and wildlife including birds. Fall is no exception, with the foliage turning many shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple.

At 12-15 feet tall, by 8-10 feet wide it can be considered a small tree in standard form, or a large shrub. In the landscape this nannyberry works well as a screen, hedge, and for naturalizing.

Pahl’s Market will be carrying this exciting new plant in the Spring of 2018!

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