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Viburnum nudum (Possumhaw viburnum)
Bloodworth, Stefan

Viburnum nudum

Viburnum nudum L.

Possumhaw Viburnum, Possumhaw

Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)


USDA Symbol: vinu

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

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
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Red to blue, then black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
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: Moist , Wet
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


Seed Collection: Collect the fruit as soon as it has turned a dark blue-black color. Store seeds with pulp on at 41 degrees.
Seed Treatment: If seeds must be stored, they will need a period of stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Research Literature

Reslit 725 - The relationships between Apocrita wasp populations and flowering plants in Maine's wild lowbush blueberry agroecosystems (2010) J. Karem, S. A. Woods, F. Drummond and C. Stubbs
Reslit 2599 - Effects of Short Interval Cyclic Flooding on Growth and Survival of Three Native Shrubs (2011) K. L. Dylewski, A. N. Wright, K. M. Tilt, C. Leble...

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1998 VOL. 15, NO.5 - Native Shrubs Providing Landscape Heritage and Habitat, Executive Director\'s Re...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Viburnum nudum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Viburnum nudum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Viburnum nudum


Record Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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