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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-leaved Viburnum, Maple-leaf viburnum, Arrow-wood, Maple-leaf Arrow-wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Viburnum acerifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 23 Sep 2013.

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

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

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

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

3/25/2012 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH

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

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

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

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

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

3/25/2012 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH

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

3/25/2012 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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