Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum)
Rusty blackhaw viburnum is an excellent Texas native tree that can reach anywhere between 10-30 ft depending on its environment, with 12-18 ft being the most typical. It is slow growing, so requires a little patience, but it is a beautiful understory tree that can handle sun or shade and should be used a lot more in landscapes. Dense shade will result in a lankier plant with fewer leaves and flowers. Part sun is ideal for this viburnum.
Rusty blackhaw viburnum has glossy leaves that turn to various shades of pink, red, orange and purple in the fall. It produces lovely creamy-white flowers in the spring which turn into fruit in late summer/early fall. Birds relish the fruit. It can grow in most any soil that is well draining. It can be grown as a single trunk tree or as a thicket. If single trunk is desired, any suckers should be promptly removed.
Rusty blackhaw viburnum works well in woodland gardens and can be used as a focal point or specimen.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Sun to shade, but prefers part sun to part shade|
|Mature height||10-30 ft, but most typical 12-18 ft|
|Mature spread||10-30 ft|
|Attracts||Birds, butterflies, bees|
|Notes||Remove suckers to prevent creating thickets unless desired.|