The sound of a single voice brightens up my day

Most, almost all in fact, of these posts are just versions of the many, many nature posts I place on Facebook.
In fact, I place so many I sometimes wonder if I’m making a fool of myself.
But one good hearted soul,  Carol S., posted that she likes what I do and appreciates the information along with the pics was ever so heartening.
It made me feel that I’m not a voice crying out in the wilderness with these endless (even I will admit that) plants posts,  so now I feel liberated to post a few more on Facebook from yesterday and this single post here.

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

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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