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Caprifoliaceae / Honeysuckle
Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
Mapleleaf Viburnum is also known as Possum-haw, Dockmackie, Flowering Maple, Arrow-wood, Guelder-rose, Squashberry and other local names..

Plant Type: This is a shrub, it is a perennial which can reach a height of 2 Meters (7 feet ) .
Leaves: The leaf arrangement is opposite. Leaves can be as wide as 12 cm (5inches). Each leaf is usually coarsely toothed and three lobed. Rarly unlobed.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 0.6cm wide (0.2 inches). They are white. Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into early summer. The flowers are in a cyme about 3- 5cm (1-2") wide.
Fruit: Dark purple nearly black drupes 6-8 mm long with one seed.
Habitat: Understory of upland hardwood forest or slopes in moist well drained soil.
Range: Most of eastern U. S. In our area from east Texas east.

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Attractive flowers in the spring and colorful foliage and fruits in the fall have made this plant a popular landscape shrub and it is frequently cultivated. The fruits are eaten by birds and mammals.

Similar Species: In our area the lobed leaves can generally distinguish this species from Viburnums which may otherwise be similar. Cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus) has lobed leaves also and in one of its several varieties may be found as far south as Kentucky and Virginia. Its flower cluster is surrounded by much larger infertile flowers and the fruits are bright red. It may escape cultivation in our area.

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
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