Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Viburnum edule (Squashberry, Moosewood Viburnum)


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 Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family


 Viburnum L. viburnum


 Viburnum edule (Michx.) Raf. squashberry

Image courtesy of USDA-NRCS PLANTS

Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913.

An illustrated flora of the northern

United States, Canada and the British

Possessions. Vol. 3: 270.

This fine deciduous shrub grows rapidly to 4.

The leaves have three lobes with sharp serrations and turn bright red in autumn. When they fall, the smooth reddish bark is visible.

The flowers are small and gorgeous, in 1 bouquets.

The bright red berries are tart and juicy and remain on the bush throughout the winter. They make a wonderful cranberry sauce for turkey or other poultry and can be picked throughout the fall and winter. In fact, a touch of frost will bring up their sugar and Vitamin C content.

Occurring in moist woods and swamps throughout North America and in eastern Asia, Squashberry is hardy from USDA zones 5-9.

This species is very hard to find commercially.

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