General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: fall color ranges from creamy pink to deep purple
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Mapleleaf Viburnum
  • Arrow-Wood
  • Dockmackie
  • Maple-leaf Viburnum
  • Squashberry
  • Guelder-Rose
  • Arrowwood
  • Flowering Maple
  • Possumhaw
  • Maple-Leaf Arrow-Wood

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 23, 2017 11:39 AM concerning plant:
    Most conventional nurseries don't offer this nice shrub because it is not a flashy plant and is unknown by the general public; though some large, diverse nurseries sell some for dry, shady situations in landscapes to professional landscape designers who know of this plant. Native plant nurseries do sell some of this. I see it growing wild in or around the woods in eastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. Its native range is from southern Maine to far southeast Ontario down to some spots in northwest Florida to a small area of east Texas; most of Wisconsin, northeast Illinois, all Indiana & Ohio, and much of lower Michigan in upland woods. I believe this can be grown in regular landscapes with neutral pH soil of pH 6.5 to 7.0 or a little higher. It does have handsome 3-lobed maple-like leaves that turn yellow to orange to red or light pink in autumn according to sunlight level and weather conditions. It bears nice 3 inch wide flat-topped clusters of tiny white flowers in June. It bears oval berries that go from red to black when ripe and are loved by birds and small mammals. It has a shallow, fibrous root system and is easy to transplant.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 2:57 PM concerning plant:
    Mapleleaf Viburnum is wide-ranging in eastern North America from Quebec and New Brunswick down to Florida as an understory shrub in acidic woods. Its form is an open, sometimes stoloniferous shrub growing to about 6 feet. Pie-shaped clusters of creamy white flowers appear in spring and are followed by showy blue berries in early fall. The leaves are shaped just like those of red maple and their fall color is equally as beautiful turning pastel pink and rose and salmon, sometimes almost luminescent. The ability of Mapleleaf Viburnum to grow in dry or moist shade and to provide outstanding fall color makes this a truly valuable plant for the shady landscape. Use it in the woods or at the wood's edge where it will blend in unobtrusively until fall when you will suddenly notice its beautiful soft glow.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 9, 2012 9:24 AM concerning plant:
    This beautiful Tennessee native likes to have moist growing conditions such as water's edge or moist upland sites.

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