Viburnum acerifolium

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Viburnum acerifolium
Viburnum acerifolium.jpg
Conservation status

Secure (NatureServe)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
Species: V. acerifolium
Binomial name
Viburnum acerifolium
L.

Viburnum acerifolium (Maple-leaf Viburnum or Dockmackie) is a species of Viburnum, native to eastern North America from southwestern Quebec and Ontario south to northern Florida and eastern Texas.

It is a shrub growing to 1-2 m tall. The leaves are in opposite pairs, 5-10 cm long and broad, three- to five-lobed, the lobes with a serrated margin. The flowers are white with five small petals, produced in terminal cymes 4-8 cm diameter. The fruit is a small red to purple drupe 4-8 mm long. It attracts butterflies and birds. The Viburnum acerifolium is a larval host to the Spring Azure butterfly.

The scientific and common names refer to the superficial similarity of the leaves to those of some maples (Acer); the plant is occasionally mistaken for young maples, but is readily distinguished by the flowers and fruit; the viburnum produces small, purple berries, while maples produce dry, winged seeds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Viburnum acerifolium". NatureServe Explorer. NatureServe. Retrieved 2007-07-06.