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Rusty Blackhaw (Viburnum rufidulum)

Rusty Blackhaw is a shrub or small tree that may grow 20 feet tall. The leaves are opposite with a finely toothed margin and rusty hairs on the underside. The bark is gray-brown with a fine blocky pattern. Clusters of small, white flowers mature in early spring. The small tree produces a blue drupe that matures in fall.


Host plant for the Spring/Summer Azure butterflies. Fruits are eaten by songbirds, squirrels, and chipmunks.

Plant Type Tree 10-30 feet
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Dry
Bloom Times Early Spring
Seed Times Fall
Wildlife Value Fleshy Fruit, Butterfly Larvae Host
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