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Viburnum acerifolium

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

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.

 

Height:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
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.
Flower:
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.
Zones:
4 to 8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
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.
Form:
Low, sparsely branched
Exposure:
Sun, Part shade, shade
Width:
2-4 ft.
Tags:
host plant, deciduous, birds, hedge, butterflies, deer resistant, good fall, showy

NCCES plant id: 1816

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