Viburnum nudum, Possum-Haw

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Sometimes referred to as Wild Raisin because of its dark ripe fruit, this species is the most showy of the native Viburnums with lustrous leaves, multi-colored drupes, and stunning fall foliage. The shrub is indigenous to low woods, swamps, and bogs throughout the region.

Print Version: Viburnum nudum, Possum-HawShrub Height: 5–12 feet Bloom Color: White Spread: 5–12 feet Characteristics Multi-stemmed, upright, deciduous shrub with rounded, spreading crown Elliptic, glossy, leathery, dark green leaves Fragrant, creamy white flowers arranged in 5- inch wide, flat-topped cymes from May to June Pale green, ovoid drupes ripen to light pink, dark pink, purple, and dark blue from July to October Maroon, burgundy, and red-purple fall foliage Attributes Tolerates wide range of soils, including wet No serious pests or diseases Deer may browse twigs and leaves Bees seek pollen; fruits eaten by birds; larval host for Spring Azure butterfly Growing and Maintenance Tips Soil Requirements: Well-drained, acidic Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade Water Requirements: Moist, Wet Prune lightly, only as needed, in fall Plant in groups from multiple suppliers for best cross-pollination and fall fruit production Use in borders, woodland edges, in low spots, and by rain gardens, streams or ponds Hardiness: USDA Zones 5–9 Excellent Replacement for Viburnum dilatatum - Linden Viburnum Viburnum plicatum - Doublefile Viburnum Viburnum sieboldii - Siebold Viburnum

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