This is maple-leaf viburnum, perhaps the MOST common plant in the understory around here that most peoople don’t think they have every seen, because, even when it flower or fruit, it looks like a stunted maple. Well, as the pic shows, there are a lot of them and in a lot of places….…
mapleleaf viburnum Caprifoliaceae Viburnum acerifolium L. Listen to the Latin play symbol: VIAC
Leaf: Opposite, simple, suborbicular in shape, 3 to 4 inches long, 3-lobed, coarsely dentate, palmately veined with veins sunken on upper surface giving the leaf a slightly wrinkled look, pubescent below and on the petiole, green above and paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; very small, white, appearing in flat topped clusters 1 1/2 to 3 inches across appearing in early summer.
Fruit: Drupes, 1/4 inch in diameter, rounded, red turning purple to black when ripe, occur in flat topped clusters; maturing in fall.
Twig: Slender, velvety-gray; buds ovoid, stalked with 4 dark purple scales.
Bark: Smooth, grayish brown.
Form: An upright suckering shrub that often grows in dense clumps and reaches up to 5 feet tall.
Looks like: highbush-cranberry – arrowwood – squashberry – red maple
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information: Viburnum acerifolium is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting mapleleaf viburnum.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics – USDA Plants Database