Viburnum nudum v cassinoides
The Northern Wild Raisin is a member of the viburnum family that really likes wet feet. If you have clay soils that retain a lot of water, a boggy area in your landscape, this would be an excellent option.
This medium height shrub has a short-lived white flower cluster around late June-early July, with fruits following. Really, it is the berry-like fruits of this plant that sets it apart. The clusters start off yellow-green to a blush white and slowly turn to a deep purple-black by the fall.
While these berries do provide a food source to many birds and small mammals, it isn’t a preferred source for most. The wildlife benefit really comes from the dense thicket formed by the branches, providing a stable habitat and cover for many animals.
Use: The fruit is edible and tastes a like a raisin or date. The fruit has large flat seeds, so plan to remove those. Great in a jam or as a sauce where you can sieve out the seeds.
Source: grown from seed from wild plants found in Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Viburnum nudum v. cassinoides (Wild raisin)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION:
More details coming in May
type: shrub sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: moist to average soil height: 5-6' plant spacing: 5' distance bloom time: May, June bloom color: white
edible parts: berries are ripe in September