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 Native Plant Database

Viburnum nudum

Possumhaw viburnum, Possumhaw

Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)

Viburnum nudum (Possumhaw viburnum)
Bloodworth, Stefan
A dense, 12-20 ft. shrub with upright stems becoming arching with age. Flat-topped clusters of white flowers are followed by colorful summer fruit. Foliage is smoother and more lustrous than most viburnums and fall color is always good.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Red to blue, then black
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MS , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC
Canada: NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: RI to FL & e. TX, inland to KY
Native Habitat: Savannas; low, wet woods; bogs

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Adaptable but prefers wet, mucky, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Flood, cold, insect and disease tolerant. Transplants well.


Use Wildlife: Songbirds, water birds, shorebirds, small mammals
Attracts: Birds

Last Update: 2013-09-08