- 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.
NCCES plant id: 1816