Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: June, July
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, bog plant, edible, fall interest, fragrant flowers, pond margin plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Viburnum nudumAlso known as:
Viburnum nudum is an attractive shrub, also considered a small tree. It typically grows up to a height of 20'. The form is roundish and naturally symmetrical. It is deciduous in colder climates and semi-deciduous in its southernmost range. The leaves are ovate, up to 6" long, dark green, turning splendid shades of red, burgundy and purple in fall. The small, creamy-white flowers are borne in terminal, flat-topped, 6" clusters and mildly fragrant. These give way to clusters of small, oval, berry-like fruit. The drupes will be green at first, turning shades of pink, blue then purple as they ripen, and ultimately near black in late fall. These may persist through winter.
Viburnum nudum is typically associated with wetlands and will withstand seasonal and irregular periods of inundation. However, it is quite possibly the easiest native viburnum to cultivate. It will adapt to most soils, all light conditions, and is even drought tolerant within its natural range once established. It does not require pruning to maintain a nice, round, symmetrical shape. The lower limbs can be removed to give it a tree form. Bloom performance will be best with more sun. Booms in June and July. Zones: 3-9
Propagation from seed is slow, as they can take 2 years to germinate. Viburnum nudum is very easy to propagate from softwood cuttings taken in late spring, and will produce gallon-size plants by the following year.
Possumhaw commercially underutilized species that provides year round visual interest. The abundant fruit are consumed by a variety of birds and small mammals. There is some disagreement in the botanical community as to nomenclature. This species is often divided into separate varieties pointing to slight differences in characteristics.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IN, KY, NY, PA
- Special Concern: CT
- Threatened: RI