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Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

Mapleleaf Viburnum is a deciduous shrub that may grow 4 to 6 feet tall. The leaves are opposite with 3 lobes, sunken veins, toothed margin, and fuzzy underside and stem. The bark is smooth and grayish brown. In late spring, small, white flowers mature in flat-topped clusters. The shrub produces a purple drupe that occurs in flat-topped clusters.


Potential host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly. Fruits are eaten by songbirds, grouse, wild turkeys, and squirrels. Twigs and leaves browsed by white-tailed deer.

Plant Type Shrub
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Moderate
Regions Mountain, Piedmont
Light Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Early Spring, Spring
Seed Times Late Summer, Fall
Wildlife Value Fleshy Fruit, Butterfly Larvae Host
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