What Is A Possumhaw? - Knowledgebase Question

Birmingham, AL
Question by Mwilson09
February 24, 2002
I saw a Possumhaw in the Dec. issue of So. Living....a store sold me a Warren's Red Holly (Ilex decidua "Warren's Red") as a possumhaw.......is it??? Thank you for your help!!!

Answer from NGA
February 24, 2002


The name possum-haw can be Ilex decidua, Viburnum acerfolium or Viburnum nudun depending upon your gardening region. That's the problem with common names - they mean different things to different people. Since Ilex decidua is commonly called possum-haw, the nursery was correct. Best wishes with your new plant!

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