Black Haw Bark

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COMMON NAME

Black Haw Bark

Standardized: black haw
Other: nannybush

BOTANICAL NAME

Viburnum prunifolium L.
Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae

Description 
Black haw is a shrub or small tree of the Adoxaceae family, from 10 to about 20 feet in height, it has rather stout, spreading branches.

The smooth bright-green, finely toothed, broadly or roundish oval leaves are 1 to 3 inches long. The numerous stemless flower clusters are from 2 to 4 inches broad, composed of numerous creamy white flowers appearing from April to June.

The fruit, which is sweet and edible, is about half an inch long, bluish black, covered with a bloom, and ripens in early autumn. It contains a somewhat flattened stone.

The Black Haw Bark is reddish-brown, very rough on old stems. The branchlets are red at first, and then green, finally dark brown tinged with red. The winter buds are coated with rusty tomentum.

common names
& nomenclature 

The name haw came about because the plant looks like a hawthorn (although hawthorn is unrelated and in a separate genus), black is in reference to the fruit color.

Also known as:
cramp bark, guelder rose, stagbush, american sloe, snowball tree, king’s crown, high cranberry, red elder, rose elder, water elder, may rose, whitsun rose, dog rowan tree, silver bells, whitsun bosses, gaitre berries, blackhaw, black haw, blackhaw viburnum, sweet haw, sloe, and shonny

OVERVIEW

The Black Haw Bark haw is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the honeysuckle family. It is native to North America and grows in moist woods, thickets, and along stream banks. Its red berries ripen in August, and gradually turn blue through the winter. The berries are edible and may be eaten of the bush or made into jams or preserves. The root bark is collected in autumn; the stem bark in spring and summer.

PARTS USED

Dried bark.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Tablets, tea, tincture.

SUMMARY

Much of the knowledge regarding black haw was recorded in the medical and herbal textbook, King’s American Dispensatory in 1854.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: Black Haw Bark haw should be used with caution in persons with a history of kidney stones.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Black Haw Bark

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