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Viburnum nudum Smooth Withrod

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum nudum

Smooth Withrod

A native species of the eastern United States which has led to many named cultivars.  Although flowers are abundant and fruit set is striking, it is still very underused.  Size ranges from 6-8' and usually not quite as wide.  Leaves are elliptic to ovoid, olive to dark green, and extremely glossy.  Flowers are white with yellow stamens and are one of the last viburnums to bloom.  Fall colors of the species can be green, yellow, red, purple, or any combination.  Oval fruits start pink, then mature to robin's egg blue.  Plants have survived -20° in Illinois.  Zone 5

USDA Hardiness Zone:



V. nudum is sensitive to high pH, so acid soil conditions are recommended.  This species is adaptable to wet conditions as seedlings have been found growing around and in the swamps of Alabama. 


6-8 Feet


6 Feet

Viburnum nudum Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Upright, rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid
  • Sensitive to high pH

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Green, yellow, red, purple, or comb.

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late June

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Pink to robin's egg blue
  • Abundant and showy

Native to

  • North America