Giving the impression that they are shooting out of the ground, nannyberry is a beautiful plant to grow pretty much anywhere with ease.

The fruit is sweet and edible, and provides an important food source to small mammals and birds. The plant also provides cover.

For more information about nannyberry, the USDA has published a profile and a fact sheet. Additionally, the University of Minnesota has some great tips on landscaping. And, just for fun, a recipe for nannyberry cake!

Dimensions: 15-25 feet tall, 15-25 feet wide

Flowers: dense clusters of white flowers on top of plant sprouts, in bloom May-July

Fruit: blue-black berries on bright red stalks in autumn, may smell like wet wool when overripe

Sun: variable

Soil: variable

Other Directions: be aware of mildew if planted in very shady locations