possumhaw viburnum Caprifoliaceae Viburnum nudum
Leaf:Opposite, simple, elliptical, 3 to 5 inches long, margins entire or with rounded teeth (crenate), somewhat thickened; shiny green above, paler below, petiole rusty scruffy.
Flower:Small, creamy white, occurring in long stemmed flat-topped, spreading clusters; appearing in spring.
Fruit:Oval drupes, that are at first pinkish and later ripening to dark blue; 1/2 inch long; occurring in hanging clusters; ripen in the fall and persist through the winter.
Twig:Slender, reddish brown, shiny; buds are valvate, slender and up to 1/2 inch long, scruffy pinkish brown; flower buds are similar but swollen.
Bark:Smooth (may have a few raised warty lenticels), gray-brown.
Form:A large shrub or small tree reaching up to 20 feet tall, with a spreading, round crown.