Possumhaw Vibernum flowers
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Height: 7 feet
Spread: 7 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Smooth Witherod Viburnum
A spectacular woodland shrub that is very ornamental; clusters of creamy white flowers in spring, showy fruits in fall of deep pink and blue-purple; stunning maroon to dark red-purple fall color; great for the shrub border or screening
Possumhaw Vibernum features showy white flat-top flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has attractive dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall. The royal blue fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from late summer to early fall.
Possumhaw Vibernum is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Possumhaw Vibernum is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Possumhaw Vibernum will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.