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Southern Blackhaw is an attractive large shrub to small tree, growing 10 to 20 ft. tall and wide. In spring, clusters of white flowers open and are followed by blue-black drupes (berries) that ripen in the fall. Leaves turn shades of red in fall and plants are hardy from zones 6 through 9.
How to grow
Plant Southern Blackhaw in sun or shade, though plants grown in dense shade won’t produce as many flowers and fruit. Grows well in well drained to moist soils - drought tolerant once established!
Where to plant
Southern Blackhaw makes a lovely small specimen tree in sun, or a wildlife friendly understory tree in the shade garden.
Many pollinators are attracted to the flowers of Southern Blackhaw, and birds eat the fall ripening fruit. The tight horizontal branching habit provides good nesting sites for birds, and leaves are used by Hummingbird Clearwing moth larva as a host plant.
Where found in the wild
In the coastal plain, Viburnum rufidulum occurs in dry to moist woodlands, sometimes growing over limestone soils. Native from Virginia, south to northern Florida. Common in southeastern North Carolina.
Source and origin
Plants grown from seeds collected in a dry woodland in Pender County, North Carolina.
Fruit is sweet and edible, but has a large seed. Supposedly makes delicious preserves.
Seed seems to take 12 months to germination, no matter what time of year they are sown.