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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, Maple-leaf Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Arrowwood, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, White Flowers, Black berries
Viburnum acerifolium,Mapleleaf Viburnum, Maple-leaf Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Arrowwood, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, White Flowers, Black berries
Viburnum acerifolium,Mapleleaf Viburnum, Maple-leaf Viburnum, Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Arrowwood, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, White Flowers, Black berries

Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum) is a densely branched, deciduous shrub with a profusion of flat upright clusters packed with tiny white flowers from 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 turn 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.
  • Good 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.

Viburnum: How to Grow and Care with Success


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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Mapleleaf Viburnum, Arrowwood, Viburnum
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
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, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, 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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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

Recommended Companion Plants

Hamamelis virginiana (Virginian Witch Hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
Ostrya virginiana (American Hop Hornbeam)
Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)
Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)

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Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum opulus (European Cranberrybush)
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Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum dilatatum (Linden Viburnum)
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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Mapleleaf Viburnum, Arrowwood, Viburnum
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
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, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, 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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Do I Need?
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