Withered Viburnum, Viburnum cassinoides

Withered Viburnum

Viburnum cassinoides

Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Late spring/Early Summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Medium, Moist, Wet
Color: White
Fragrance: No
Height: 5-12 feet
Spacing: 5-12 feet


Withered Viburnum, Viburnum cassinoides also called Blue Haw, Swamp Haw and Wild Raisin is a native that is typically found in low woods, fields, swamps, marshes, pond peripheries and bogs. It is noted for having handsome fruit displays. It is a dense, rounded, multi-stemmed, upright-spreading, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 5- 6 feet tall. Elliptic to ovate leaves sometimes with crenulate margins emerge in spring with bronze tones, mature to a dull dark green in summer and finally turn attractive shades of orange-red to red-purple in fall. Creamy white flowers in flat-topped clusters (cymes 2-5" wide) bloom in late spring (May-June). Flowers are followed by green fruit (5/16-inch long) that turns pink to red to blue to black in fall. Berries provide sharp contrast to the foliage, and will remain on the plant after foliage drop to provide excellent winter interest.

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates a wide range of soils including boggy ones. For best cross-pollination and subsequent fruit display, plant shrubs in groups rather than as single specimens.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Ornamental shrub featuring excellent spring flowers, fall color and fall-winter fruit.
  Mass, groups or specimen/accent.
  Prune as needed in late fall or early spring.
Further Information

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