Viburnum acerifolium L.
Viburnum acerifolium L. var. acerifolium
Viburnum acerifolium L. var. densiflorum (Chapm.) McAtee
Viburnum acerifolium L. var. glabrescens Rehder
Viburnum acerifolium L. var. ovatum (Rehder) McAtee
Viburnum densiflorum Chapm.
Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum
Maple-leaved viburnum is a native of North America. Viburnum means “wayfaring tree,” and acerifolium means “maple-like.”
Identification: These shrubs are 4-6' (1.2-1.8 m) tall and 3-4' (91-121 cm) around. Leaves are dark green, three-lobed, 2-4" (5-10 cm) long, occurring in opposite pairs. It is the maple-like leaf shape that distinguishes this species from other viburnums. In the fall, leaves are orange, red, or purple. White flowers are in ball-shaped, flat-topped, or spike-shaped clusters, and have a somewhat disagreeable odor. The individual flowers are less than ¼" (6.3 mm) across. Berries go from green to red to blue-purple to almost black in color; they are about ¼" (6.3 mm) around.
See this comparison table showing Viburnums that are presently in our database, or this nicely done Viburnum species guide.
Viburnum acerifolium on www.carolinanature.com
Viburnum acerifolium at Illinois Wildflowers
Viburnum acerifolium at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Viburnum acerifolium at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Viburnum acerifolium on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Viburnum acerifolium on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Viburnum acerifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.