General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Pink maturing to blue
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Beetles
Moths and Butterflies
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Possumhaw Viburnum
  • Smooth Witherod
  • Possumhaw
  • Smooth Withe Rod
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Viburnum nudum
  • Synonym: Viburnum nudum var. nudum

Photo Gallery
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois
Date: 2023-10-24
pink to blue-black fruit
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois
Date: 2023-10-24
maturing shrub in Appalachian Collection
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-09-27
fruit cluster of mostly pink berries, some mature blue
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-09-27
fruit pink & blue; foliage
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Longwood Gardens in southeast PA
Date: 2018-07-10
part of a small group
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-09-27
three shrubs; 'Winterthur' in back and two straight species
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-29
Location: Sangamon Co. Il.
Date: 2018-05-24
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-06-20
a planted specimen in part-shade
Location: Longwood Gardens in southeast PA
Date: 2018-07-10
part of a group in summer
Location: Longwood Gardens in southeast PA
Date: 2018-07-10
summer foliage
Photo by robertduval14
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 11, 2018 10:07 AM concerning plant:
    This Possumhaw or Smooth Viburnum or Smooth Witherrod is a lovely large shrub with a native range from eastern Texas to central Florida and up the eastern coast to Rhode Island in swamps, bogs, creek bottomlands, and in rich upland woods. It has thick textured glossy foliage that turns red or purplish-red in autumn. It has white terminal flat-topped flower clusters about 3 to 5 inches across in June to early July that sort of stink like some other viburnums. The football-shaped berries start whitish to pink to red and mature as blue-black in September-October, and are loved by birds and some small mammals. It has a shallow, fibrous root system and is easy to transplant. It grows at a medium rate of about 1.5 feet/year. The mother species is not planted in landscapes nearly as much as a few cultivars of which 'Winterthur' is the most common. Some nurseries sell the mother species as a companion to a cultivar for cross-pollination for more fruit production. Possumhaw or the Smooth Viburnum is very similar to the Witherrod Viburnum (Viburnum cassinoides) except the former has shinier leaves that usually are not toothed or just obscurely toothed on the margins, the twigs are only slightly scurfy, and the flower clusters with the main stalk longer than cluster branches rather than shorter as with the latter.

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