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Viburnum acerifolium

Common Name(s):
Maple leaf viburnum
Native Plants, Shrubs

Viburnum acerifolium, commonly called mapleleaf viburnum, is native to eastern North America. It is a relatively small, rounded, suckering, deciduous, woodland shrub that typically grows to 3-6’ tall and 2-4’ wide.  Its bark is smooth and grayish brown.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont

Seasons of Interest: 

  Leaf:     Fall                 Blooms:  Early spring, spring            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Late summer, fall

Wildlife Value:  This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It is a potential host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly.  Its fruits are eaten by songbirds, grouse, wild turkeys and  squirrels.  The twigs and leaves ae browsed by white-tailed deer.


3-6 ft.
The Maple leaf viburnum produces dull to medium green maple-like leaves (2-5” long) which are opposite, simple, ovate to rounded, coarsely toothed and three-lobed. The leaves usually have small black spotting on the undersides. The leaves turn a reddish purple to magenta color in the fall.
The Maple leaf viburnum has tiny white flowers in long-stalked, flat-topped cymes (to 3” across) that bloom in mid to late spring. The flowers give way to pea-sized fruit the ripen to bluish-black in late summer. The fruits may persist into winter.
4 to 8
The Maple leaf viburnum is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. This shrub is generally more shade tolerant than many of the other species of Viburnum. It prefers moist loams, but tolerates a wide range of soils. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Plants will naturalize by suckering to form colonies if suckers are not removed.
Low, sparsely branched
Sun, Part shade, shade
2-4 ft.
host plant, deciduous, birds, hedge, butterflies, deer resistant, good fall, showy

NCCES plant id: 1816

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