Viburnum nudum L.
Possumhaw Viburnum, Possumhaw
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
USDA Symbol: vinu
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Red to blue, then black.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight 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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Songbirds, water birds, shorebirds, small mammals
PropagationSeed 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
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Research LiteratureReslit 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 ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1998 VOL. 15, NO.5 - Native Shrubs Providing Landscape Heritage and Habitat, Executive Director\'s Re...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Viburnum nudum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Viburnum nudum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Viburnum nudum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff