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Shrub of the Week: Possumhaw Viburnum

Possumhaw Viburnum - Viburnum nudum

This is a highly adaptable shrub that tolerates a large range of light conditions and soil conditions - making this shrub hard to beat! Clusters of aromatic white flowers attract pollinators (butterflies, bees, etc) in early summer. It's also a host plant for the Spring Azure Butterfly and Hummingbird Clearwing Moths. When summer gives way to fall, the flowers turn to setting fruit and are often found in an array of pinks, blues, and purples in the same clusters! The ripe, dark purple fruit are eaten by songbirds, grouse, wild turkeys and squirrel...and did you know the fruit is also safe for humans to consume? The fruits are acidic, but indeed edible, and this explains the other common name -"Wild Raisin". Viburnums benefit from being planted in groups to promote cross-pollination, which will enhance the fruit set. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a stunning dark red in the fall! This is a great planting option if you're looking for a native plant that benefits wildlife and can tolerate wet soil and areas prone to flood, while also being tolerant to heat, drought, insects, and disease! We can't think of a more carefree shrub!

  • USDA Growing Zones: 5-9

  • Bloom Time: May, June, July

  • Height: 6-12 feet

  • Spread: 6-12 feet

  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

  • Soil Needs: Prefers moist, acidic soils, but can also tolerate drought once established

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