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Witherod

Witherod is a viburnum native to North America.  It tolerates both shady and wet sites.  It may be difficult to find in nurseries.

Botanical name: 
Viburnum cassinoides
All Common Names: 
Witherod, Witherod viburnum
Family (English): 
Elderberry
Family (Botanic): 
Adoxaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • North America
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Wet sites
  • Occasional flooding
  • Road salt
Soil Preference: 
  • Acid soil
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Wet soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching
  • Multi-stemmed
  • Rounded
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early fall
  • Mid fall
More Information: 

Size

5 to 12 feet high and wide

Tree & Plant Care

Prune after flowering

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to the Northeastern United States and states along the Gulf Coast

Often found in bogs and swamps

Bark color and texture 

Smooth, gray-brown bark dotted with lenticels

Witherod (Viburnum cassinoides)Witherod (Viburnum cassinoides)photo: John Hagstrom

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple leaves in pairs (opposite)

Fall color ranges from orange to red to purple

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small creamy white flowers in flat-topped to domed clusters

Unpleasantly scented

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Berry like fruit changing from green to yellow, then pink, red and black.

All colors may be present in the same fruit cluster

Fruit tends to persist through much of fall