Southern Black-Haw is an attractive large shrub or small tree with glossy foliage and white flowers in mid-spring. In fall, female plants have dark blue berries. The foliage is often rich burgundy in fall. Native to the mid-South, this shrub nonetheless has done well in the Chicago region.
- Deciduous (foliage falls off)
- North America
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Zone 9
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
- Dry sites
- Alkaline soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Compact tree (10-15 feet)
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Mid spring
- Late spring
- Early fall
- Mid fall
10 to 20 feet high and wide
Tree & Plant Care
Prune after flowering
Root suckers may need to be removed to minimize the width of the plant
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems
Native geographic location and habitat
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Glossy, leathery dark green oval leaves turn burgundy in autumn. They are arranged opposite along the branches.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Broad clusters of small creamy-white flowers in mid-spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
This plant yields shiny, blue-black fruit.
Cultivars and their differences
Emerald Charm™ (Viburnum rufidulum 'Morton'): More compact, growing only 10 to 12 feet high and 8 to 10 feet wide
Viburnum rufidulum ‘Morton’ (Southern Black-Haw –EMERALD CHARM™): Grows 10-12’ high and 8-10’ wide. Dark glossy green foliage turns burgundy in the fall. Good cold hardiness.