Wild Raisin Viburnum

Viburnum cassinoides = Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides

There are a few native viburnums in Massachusetts; this one is a signature species of the southeastern part of the state with its pine and oak woods and coastal habitats. The rather large, beautiful shrub is quite common in Plymouth—in Myles Standish SF, Alper Preserve, and elsewhere in forests and along wetland margins. The branchlets, buds, and lustrous, leathery leaves of wild raisin are always opposite (as in every viburnum). The remarkable fruits change their color twice while ripening: first from lemon-yellow to pink, then from pink to dark blue, often all the three contrasting colors mixed together on the same plant. The stage when the fruits become sweet, with a "raisin" taste is during the moment when they are dark blue and start to wrinkle.

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June 7, Wareham

August 17, Plymouth

The blue, wrinkled berries taste rather sweet, resembling raisins. August 19, Plymouth

September 1, Myles Standish SF, Plymouth

November 12

April 2, Ellisville, Plymouth

April 21, Taunton