Notable Features: Handles a wide range of conditions, including compacted soil and salt. Looks nice in a mixed border hedge or as a specimen shrub. Will spread by suckers. Growth rate is slow to moderate. The berries provide food to many bird species, who also use it for shelter. Also attractive to many pollinators!
Attracts: The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract primarily small bees and flies. Among the bees, these flower visitors include cuckoo bees (Nomada spp.), mason bees, Halictid bees, and Andrenid bees. Among the flies, these flower visitors include Syrphid flies, dance flies (Empididae), bee flies (Bombylius spp.), Tachinid flies, blow flies (Calliphoridae), and Muscid flies. Other flower visitors include butterflies, skippers, hummingbird moths, and ants, which seek nectar. The caterpillars of the butterfly Celastrina argiolus (Spring/Summer Azure) feed on the flowers and buds of Viburnums, while later caterpillar instars of the butterfly Euphydryas phaeton (Baltimore) occasionally feed on their leaves, after migrating from the original host plant (e.g., Aureolaria spp.). Several moth caterpillars also feed on Viburnums. An introduced beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni (Viburnum Leaf Beetle), feeds on the leaves.
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