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Viburnum nudum (Withe Rod)

Withe Rod, Smooth Witherod, American Withe Rod, Possumhaw Viburnum, Possumhaw

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Viburnum nudum, Withe Rod, Smooth Witherod, American Withe Rod, Possumhaw Viburnum, Possumhaw, Pink berries, Blue Berries, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries
Viburnum nudum, Withe Rod, Smooth Witherod, American Withe Rod, Possumhaw Viburnum, Possumhaw, Pink berries, Blue Berries, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries

Noted for its breathtaking berry display, Viburnum nudum (Withe Rod) is a rounded, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a showy foliage of very shiny oval leaves, which turns deep wine-red in the fall. In early to midsummer, the shrub is covered with flat-topped clusters, 2-5 in. wide (5-12 cm), of creamy white flowers. Their nectar provides a food source for bees and butterflies. They are followed by large clusters of berries maturing from green to vibrant pink and blue and remaining after the leaves have fallen. All colors are often present simultaneously, which adds interest to the landscape. The berries are edible but highly acidic. They attract songbirds, water birds, shorebirds, and small mammals. Native to eastern North America, Withe Rod occurs naturally in low woods, swamps, and bogs. It forms a dense shrub, compact and rounded in youth, with upright, then spreading, arching branches as it matures. Use Withe Rod in groups for massing or in a shrub border.

  • Grows up to 5-12 ft. tall and wide (150-360 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Very adaptable to various soils and light conditions. Tolerates poor drainage and wet areas.
  • Perfect for shrub borders, hedges and screens, and foundation plantings near ponds and streams.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is virtually pest and disease-free.
  • Prune as needed in the fall
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. If seeds must be stored, they will need a period of stratification.
  • Native to eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Possumhaw, Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 5' - 12'
(150cm - 3.7m)
Spread 5' - 12'
(150cm - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Possumhaw, Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 5' - 12'
(150cm - 3.7m)
Spread 5' - 12'
(150cm - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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