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Maple-leaf Viburnum, Dockmackie, Arrowwood, Possum-haw, Squash Berry, Guelder Rose
Viburnum acerifolium


Maple-leaf viburnum ranges from East Texas to the Gulf of Mexico, east into Louisiana and Florida and north to Minnesota and Canada. It prefers woodland sands or rocky soil, moist or dry, and is drought tolerant in east Texas. Its thin, maple-shaped dull green leaves are pubescent (felty) on both sides and turn good fall colors, from dark purple to crimson, creamy pink and rose. White spring flowers on its long stalked flat-topped inflorescence are followed by a purplish black fruit (drupe) in the fall which is relished by four species of birds. It was introduced into cultivation in 1736. There is a pink-flowering variety: forma collinsii. In the landscape this is a good plant for large heavily shaded locations in dryish soil where it can naturalize and form loose open colonies.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: reddish or purplish black drupe

Height: 4 to 8 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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