Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated March 2018.
Scientific name: Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides (L.) Torr. & A. Gray; old Viburnum cassinoides
Common name(s): withe-rod, witherod viburnum, wild raisin, northern wild raisin, possumhaw
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-Large, rounded shrub
-grows up to 30′ tall
-young shoots covered with rust-colored scales with long buds adhering to stem
- dark green and shiny above, paler below with minute brown scales
- oval, sometimes toothed and wider above the middle
- 2″-4″ long and comes to an abrupt point
- Leaves grow in pairs with upper leaves pointing upward.
- Showy flat-topped
-white flower stalks have minute brown dots
-flowers with five parts and form at top of plant
-Fruit is bluish black with white powder
– two varieties in New England – var. cassinoides and var. nudum, which is known from CT and is of conservation concern
– may be confused with V. lentago; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
-Prefers wet habitats
Go Botany. “Viburnum Nudum L.” Viburnum Nudum (Withe-Rod): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/viburnum/nudum/.