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Viburnum recognitum Fernald

Southern arrowwood

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”

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Viburnum recognitum is native to North America, but not common.

Identification: Downy arrowwood is a rather large, multiple-stemmed shrub, 5-15' (1.5-4.6 m) tall. Bark is gray and smooth. Branches are longer and less crooked than many viburnums. Leaves grow in opposing pairs, with rounded or heart-shaped bottoms and pointed tips. Leaves have large, sharp-pointed teeth, and are medium green and glossy, with prominent veins. They are as much as 4" (10 cm) × 3" (7.6 cm). Flat-topped flowerheads 4" (10 cm) across contain small white-to-pink flowers. Fruits are ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) across, light blue to blue-black.

See this comparison table showing Viburnums that are presently in our database, or this nicely done Viburnum species guide.

Online References:

Www.carolinanature.com (Viburnum dentatum var. lucidum)

Illinois Wildflowers

Blue Planet Biomes

The USDA Plants Database

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Discover Life

Viburnum dentatum var. ‘Lucidum’

Viburnum ashii Bush orth. var.

Viburnum ashei Bush

Viburnum dentatum L. var. ashei (Bush) McAtee

Viburnum dentatum L. var. lucidum Aiton

Viburnum recognitum Fernald var. alabamense McAtee


Viburnum recognitum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Viburnum recognitum (southern arrowwood)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)


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