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Viburnum acerifolium

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Plant types and subtypes: Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 4'-6'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, colonizing, fall interest, shade garden plant, showy fruit, woodland plant

Viburnum acerifolium (mapleleaf viburnum)
  • Viburnum acerifolium (mapleleaf viburnum)
  • Viburnum acerifolium (mapleleaf viburnum)
  • Viburnum acerifolium (mapleleaf viburnum)
  • Viburnum acerifolium (mapleleaf viburnum)

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Description

Viburnum acerifolium

Also known as:

mapleleaf viburnum

,

dockmackie

,

guelder-rose

,

maple-leaved arrow-wood

,

mapleleaf arrow wood

,

possum-haw

,

squash-berry

Scientific Synonyms:

Viburnum densiflorum

Description

Viburnum acerifolium is a small deciduous shrub with strong visual interest. It produces clusters of white flowers over an extended period from late spring through early summer. Flowers are followed by showy dark-blue berries that will persist through fall. Foliage puts on a good fall show, turning shades of rose to purple.

Cultivation

Mapleleaf viburnum prefers filtered sunlight or open shade. Moist well-drained soil is best. This shrub is adapted to mesic conditions and, once established, will tolerate extended dry spells. Under favorable conditions it will spread vegetatively by suckers to form colonies, however, this is not an aggressive species and even risks getting displaced by other nearby shrubs when grown in very fertile locations. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed. If stored, they must first be stripped of their pulp, and then stratified before planting.

Additional Notes

This species can be difficult to grow where there are large populations of deer. Although it is not one of their favorites, they will nibble the twigs and leaves when hungry enough. Many bird species relish this shrub's fruit.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Dipsacales
Family Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family
Genus Viburnum viburnum
Species Viburnum acerifolium mapleleaf viburnum