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Guide to identifying viburnums

Which viburnum is it?



Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum dentatum

Viburnum leaf
beetle home


Guide to identifying Viburnums

  • Common names

  • Is it a viburnum?

  • Which viburnum?

  • Express key

  • ID tutorial

    Guide to viburnums by David Swaciak.

    Leaf drawings by
    Marcia Eames-Sheavly.

    Logo images by Paul Weston & Craig Cramer

  • Leaves:

    • Deciduous
    • 2 to 4.5 inches long, 1 to 4 inches wide
    • Rounded or wide egg-shaped
    • Coarsely dentate (toothed) margin
    • Glabrous (smooth) above and below


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    Flowers:
    • Small creamy white in flattened 3-inch-wide clusters
    • Blooms May to early June
    Fruit:
    • Blue-black
    Stems:
    • Numerous and straight as an arrow. (Common name arrowwood is because the stems were used as arrows.
    More information:

    Similar Species and distinguishing characteristics::

    Viburnum dilatatum
    Leaves 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 3.25 inches wide.
    Fruit bright red.
    Viburnum wrightii
    Leaves 3 to 5 inches long, 1 to 2.5 inches wide.
    Fruit bright red

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