Northern Wild RaisinViburnum cassinoides 5-6' x same. Also called Appalachian Tea, Raisinberry or Witherod.
Rounded arching dense suckering native shrub. Creamy white flowers with yellow stamens on 2-5" flat-topped cymes bloom from spring to early summer.
Highly desired for its multicolored edible fruit, which turns from green to pink to red to blue before finally turning black in September. One fruiting cluster may feature several colors at the same time. Best eaten when nearly dried out on the branch, if you can get to it before the birds!
Foliage, once used in tea, emerges bronze or purple tinted, turning dark green when mature and then orange-red, dark crimson and purple in fall.
Withe is from the old English meaning a tough, flexible twig used to bind things together. Witherod is pronounced withe-rod, not wither-odd.
Good as a specimen but plant more than one for fruit.
Sun to partial shade. Very rugged: adapts to dry or wet sites. Native to eastern North America. Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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