Plant ID forum: tree/large shrub ID please

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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Aug 4, 2017 1:50 PM CST
I just saw this tree or large shrub growing in the woods near my house, and I'm curious about it.
I haven't tried to ID it myself yet; I'm hoping someone recognizes it or can at least point me in the right direction. Sorry for the poor photos at the bottom; it was fairly shady as you can tell.

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 4, 2017 2:10 PM CST
Flowering Dogwood tree, maybe Cornus florida.

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 4, 2017 2:39 PM CST
wildflowers said:Flowering Dogwood tree, maybe Cornus florida.

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)


The fruit isn't right for Cornus florida.

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 4, 2017 3:06 PM CST
You're right, Daisy. What about Virburnum?

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 4, 2017 3:10 PM CST
Now that I look at the tree's habit and the bark, it reminds me of Viburnum rufidulum, Rusty Blackhaw. Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum)
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Aug 4, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Christine, I think you could be right!
After checking the USDA maps, I see that Viburnum prunifolium is another possibility. I might need to photograph the back of the leaves to determine whether it's V. prunifolium, V. rudifolium (or something else).

Either Viburnum species would be a pleasant surprise. I had assumed it was something not native to the U.S., because Asian plants seem to be taking over the forests in northern Virginia.
Here's one more photo:
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 4, 2017 4:26 PM CST
I agree - its Viburnum. Based on the photos you have right now, I am leaning towards Viburnum prunifolium.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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ViburnumValley
Aug 4, 2017 8:34 PM CST
Sorry to just have joined the fracas here...

That is certainly and solely Viburnum prunifolium - Blackhaw Viburnum.

There is no rustiness evident anywhere in any of the images provided, so it cannot be the quite similar otherwise Viburnum rufidulum - Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum.

Both of these Viburnum species are native to eastern North America, and are great friends to birds and other wildlife with their copious fruit production on large shrubs/small trees, as well as excellent species to support local pollinating insects.

The fruit are edible to us Homo sapiens as well, tasting a bit like prunes when soft and ripe.
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Muddy1
Aug 4, 2017 8:53 PM CST
No worries, John, I was waiting for you to weigh in. Smiling

Thanks to all of you for the quick ID!

Now that I've learned about this Viburnum, I'm trying to figure out how I can squeeze one into my yard.

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