Nannyberry can be grown as a large, multi-stemmed shrub or pruned to tree form. It grows to about 5-6 meters and 2 meters wide. Big, white flower clusters offer nectar and pollen to mining and sweat bees in the spring. Berries on red stems turn dark blue in September and provide a valuable food source to birds throughout winter. The berries can be eaten raw or cooked. Pruning must be done right after blooming to ensure next season's flower buds can form. The leaves are the larval food for the caterpillar of the Spring Azur butterfly and turn an attractive purple in fall.
It grows best in medium or moist, well-drained soil, in full sun or partial shade.
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