Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides

Possum Haw

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Possum haw is a big, rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that thrives in damp woods, thickets, and swamps across eastern North America. Shrub form is rounded and multi-stemmed. Variety cassinoides is the more southern type and has smaller, oval, matte green leaves, while var. nudum (from which Viburnum ‘Winterthur’ is derived), is more northern and has leathery, glossy leaves. Flat-topped white flowers appear in spring and are followed in the fall by the most beautiful berry display imaginable. Clusters of large ½” berries morph from light pink, to brilliant pink/red, to red, blue, then almost black when finally, birds gobble them up. In addition to providing food for birds, this variety is particularly useful as a pollinator for Viburnum ‘Winterthur’. Plant them nearby one another to get a bumper fruit crop on ‘Winterthur’. For best fruiting and fall foliage color, give possum haw full sun to light shade and average to moist soil.



Rain Garden

Showy Berry Fruit

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Organic, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Wet,

Moderately moist


full quart



36 or taller

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late spring, Early summer



Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8