Viburnum comes from the Latin after V. lantana, meaning wayfaring tree, and acerifolium is Latin for maple-leafed.
Moist to dry woodlands. Prefers part sun/shade or full shade and loamy, organic, acidic soil but will tolerate most soil types.
Good choice for areas of dry soil and deep shade. Tolerates black walnut toxicity. Use for massing, mixed border, screen, woodland understory.
Low, densely branched understory shrub, 4-6 ft. tall and 3-4 ft. wide. Suckers profusely to form large open colonies in moderately moist to dry woodlands. Prefers part sun/shade or full shade and loamy, organic, acidic soil but will tolerate most soil types. Good choice for areas of dry soil and deep shade. Tolerates black walnut toxicity.
Leaves and Stems
Multi-stemmed, round thicket forming shrub. The deciduous leaves are opposite and simple 5” long bright- to dark-green, maple-like in shape, coarsely toothed and generally 3-lobed. Distinctive autumn foliage varies from yellow to pink to red to purple. The bark is smooth grayish brown.
Flat-topped to slightly domed clusters of 5-petaled small creamy white flowers uniform in size 1-1/2 to 3 inches across appear in late spring.
Berries (drupes) turning from red to blue-black with a single stone.
Larval host for Celastrina ladon (Spring Azure butterfly). Butterflies, bees and other insects drink the nectar; birds and mammals eat the berries. Mammals eat the leaves, twigs, and bark. Provide good nesting and escape cover for birds and small mammals. Susceptible to Viburnum Leaf Beetle.
By seed, which needs to be stratified or soft wood cuttings. Self-propagates by suckering.
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Plant Profile by Kathy Kling