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Plant Profile: Maple-Leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)

Growing in mixed mesic forests, and wooded ravines, this native of Eastern United States is a medium sized deciduous shrub that does well in both full sun and partial shade, tolerating more shade than most viburnums. Although it prefers moist, well-well drained soil it is moderately tolerant of drought and soil compaction once established. Small creamy-white flowers are borne in flat topped clusters in mid to late spring and are followed by blue-black berries. The dull to medium green leaves are “maple-shaped”, lightly felted, and turn reddish purple to magenta in autumn. Maple-leaf viburnum is attractive in shrub borders, used as foundation plantings or hedges, or naturalized in open woodland areas.

Type: Deciduous shrub

Outstanding Feature: Autumn coloration

Form: Round

Growth Rate: Moderate

Bloom: Small creamy white flowers are borne in clusters 1-3” across in mid to late spring.

Size: 3-6′ H x 2-4′ W

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average to rich, loamy, moist, well-drained, acidic

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Prune immediately after flowering if needed; remove suckers to maintain desired size.

Pests and Diseases: No serious pests or diseases but susceptible to nematodes and bacterial leaf spot.

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, grafting.

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