Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Taxonomy
Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides L.
ADOXACEAE (Muskroot Family)
EtymologyViburnum is the classical Latin name for Viburnum lantana (Wayfaring Tree Viburnum), applied to the entire genus; nudum means naked or bare; cassinoides is Latin for resembling Ilex cassine (Dahoon holly).
Synonyms (Common Name)Northern Wild Raisin, Witherod
DescriptionWild raisin is a deciduous, broad-leaved, slender shrub that reaches 7-12' high. Its bark is grayish brown and the twigs are light brown and scurfy -- covered with bran-like scales. The golden brown winter buds are covered with a pair of long, valvate scales.
Wetland indicator statusFACW, OBL
Plant Height7-12 feet
LeavesDeciduous, opposite, simple; variable (can be entire, wavy-margined, or sparsely toothed), to 6" long; ovate to lanceolate or oblanceolate, with abrupt, short point; thick, dull green.
Flower/InflorescenceWhite, small (1/4"), white, 5 petals; in flat-topped, stalked clusters up to 5" wide; ill-scented.
Flowering PeriodMay-July
FruitBerrylike drupe, 1/4" in diameter, containing a single seed; changes from white to pink to bluish-black at maturity.
Fruiting PeriodAugust-October.
HabitatShrub swamps, wooded swamps, bog margins, moist woods, stream margins.
RangeNewfoundland to Manitoba, south to Maryland and Indiana; mountains to Alabama.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett