Rusty Blackhaw is a wonderful native shrub or small tree and should be used more often. White spring flowers are not only beautiful they provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects. The foliage remains attractive all season and puts on a terrific show of warm fall colors in autumn. The bluish-white fruit attract birds and other wildlife. This is easy to grow in average soil and full to part sun.
Beautiful white flowers cover the shrub in spring
Butterflies and honeybees enjoy the nectar the flowers provide
Fruit attracts songbirds and other wildlife in autumn
Fall foliage turns warm hues of red, pink and orange
Adaptable to a wide range of soil types
Easy to grow, multi-season interest, not bothered by pests or disease
Found in thickets, open woodlands, stream and riverbanks in well-drained sand, loam or clay.
In some situations non-native species cause serious ecological disturbances. This puts pressure on native plants and animals, and threatened species may succumb to this pressure. Invasive plants alter habitats and reduce biodiversity. If you want spring flowers and fabulous fall color, rusty blackhaw is a great, native alternative to invasive plants like ‘Bradford’ pears (Pyrus calleryana) and burning bush (Euonymous alata).
Easy grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant more than one to ensure pollination necessary for abundant fruit production.