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Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum)

Mapleleaf Viburnum, Maple-leaf Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Arrowwood, Viburnum acerifolium var. acerifolium, Viburnum acerifolium var. densiflorum, Viburnum acerifolium var. glabrescens, Viburnum acerifolium var. ovatum, Viburnum densiflorum


Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum) is a densely branched, deciduous shrub with a profusion of flat upright clusters packed with tiny white flowers in spring to late summer. Attractive to butterflies, they are followed by red berries that ripen to blue-black in late summer. Hungry birds feast on them. Its spreading, ascending branches are clothed with bright to dark green maple-like leaves, 2-5 in. long (5-12 cm), which warm up to brilliant reddish-purple to magenta in the fall. Native to eastern North America, Mapleleaf Viburnum occurs naturally in upland forests, woodlands, ravine slopes, and hillsides. Shade tolerant, it grows in well-drained, moist soils and is particularly tolerant of acid soils. Mapleleaf Viburnum is rhizomatous and can form dense thickets if suckers are not removed. It has been cultivated since 1736 for its attractive flowers and foliage. This woodland shrub provides good nesting and escape cover for numerous species of birds and small mammals.

  • Grows up to 3-6 ft. tall (90-180 cm) and 2-4 ft. wide (60-120 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in average, dry to moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun but requires partial shading for optimum growth and development. Tolerates a wide range of soil types, acidity, and moisture but is happiest in moist, acidic, well-drained soils.
  • Goor for shrub borders, hedges and screens or foundation plantings. Great for open woodland gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious pest or disease issues.
  • Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
  • Native to eastern North America from southwestern Quebec and Ontario south to northern Florida and eastern Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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