- Seedling Size: 12-18″
- Seedling Age: 2-0
- Mature Height: 15 – 25 feet
- Mature Width: 10 – 20 feet
- Soil Type: Sandy, Loamy, Clay
- Moisture: Moderate, Moist
- Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
- Growth Rate: Medium
Key Characteristics of Nannyberry
- Very hardy shrub that can grow in full sun as well as shade, and will tolerate dry soils (but prefers medium to moist).
- The fruit is edible and can be used to make jams and jellies.
- White flowers bloom in May and the leaves turn a burgundy color in the fall.
- The dark blue berries provide visual interest in the winter.
Visitors Attracted to Nannyberry
Help Control Invasives!
Nannyberry makes a great alternative to invasive honeysuckle species (Lonicera spp.), which replace native plants in high quality natural areas, which in turn reduces critical food resources for birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures. Invasive honeysuckles in particular affect native ecosystems by throwing off the balance. While their flowers do provide nectar to birds and pollinating insects and the berries are food for birds and small mammals, the foliage is unpalatable to most native insects. Songbirds especially rely on insects to feed for their young to survive the growing season (click here for more info).