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Viburnum acerifolium

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

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderDipsacalesIncludes viburnum, honeysuckle, snowberry, beautybush, twinflower, many others
FamilyAdoxaceaeElders and viburnums
GenusViburnumLatin for “a kind of shrub”
SpeciesacerifoliumMeans “with leaves like a maple”

About plant names...

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 (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

Flowers. Photo from nps.gov.

Online References:

Viburnum acerifolium on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

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 (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

8/8/2010 · Jeff Smith Trail, Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

5/30/2010 · Hayes Wood Conservation Trail, Shirley St., Pepperell, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

6/4/2013 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (16 × 10 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

10/10/2011 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, Groton, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.

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Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

8/8/2010 · Jeff Smith Trail, Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

9/13/2010 · Burge’s Pond, Westford, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

5/30/2010 · Hayes Wood Conservation Trail, Shirley St., Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 5" (17 × 13 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

9/22/2013 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (16 × 11 cm)

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Maple-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Viburnum)

6/4/2013 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 12 cm)

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