Mountain Rose Herbs

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Black Haw Bark

  • Viburnum prunifolium
  • Origin: USA
Black Haw Bark


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Common Name

Standardized: black haw
Other: nannybush

Botanical Name

Viburnum prunifolium L.
Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae



The black 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.


Acetic acid, amentoflavone, arbutin, esculetin, myristic acid, oleanolic acid, salicylic acid, scopoletin, tannins, ursolic acid.

Parts Used

Dried bark.

Typical Preparations

Tablets, tea, tincture.


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


Specific: Black 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.