Nannyberry Seeds

(Viburnum lentago) Deciduous. Zones 3 - 7.

Nannyberry Tree, also known as Sweet Viburnum or Sheepberry, is in the Honeysuckle family. Nannyberry is an upright spreading, suckering shrub that thrives in a variety of habitats from forest to meadow, riverbank and swamp. 

An excellent plant for the edible landscape, butterfly / pollinator garden, Nannyberry provides beauty, habitat, and nutrient dense fruit. It has lovely furrowed bark, glossy green serrated leaves, and showy cream-coloured 4-5” flowers. In Fall, its drooping clusters of blue-black fruit are outstanding against burgundy foliage. 

Nannyberry can reach a height of 20-30 feet and will spread and naturalize by suckers unless they are removed. Nannyberry is somewhat deer resistant and drought tolerant. Powdery mildew can be an issue if there is poor air circulation. 

Berries are edible and can be crushed into a smoothie, made into jam and dried to preserve for winter snacking and baking. Berries also provide Winter food to birds and wildlife.


Cold Hardiness: Zones 3 - 7

Edible: Yes 

Size: Large shrub or small tree

Growth Rate: Medium

Nitrogen Fixer: No 

Native Plant: Yes

Germination: 70 - 80%

Sun Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained, average soil



**Sow outside in Spring /early Summer for germination the following Spring**

- Soak Seeds 24 hrs. Start 180 days warm, moist stratification beginning in the Spring, followed by 90 days cold, moist stratification beginning of Fall season. For more information on stratification, check out our article "How To Start Your Tree Seeds".

*If you are doing the cold period in your fridge, please check on your seeds. 90 days is an estimate & they may sprout sooner.*

- Plant stratified seeds in pots or a nursery bed using standard potting soil. Heat mats are NOT required & can hinder germination!

- Protect young tree seedlings from slugs, cutworms & rodents. Slugs especially can eat primary leaves as soon as they come up, so be vigilant! 


Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.

  • $6.99

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