Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Maple Leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
    Viburnum Family

    This is one of our smallest and most shade tolerant Viburnums. It is found naturally in dry forests, but will have better shape and flowering if allowed 4-5 hours of morning sun. White, lacey flower panicles made up of dozens of small flowers appear in late spring, followed in the fall by dark fruit. Maple shaped leaves turn shades of pink, red, and orange in the fall. This is a suckering shrub with a loose habitat, but can be pruned to have fewer stems and a denser habit. Try planting with Christmas Fern, Heucheras, Cherokee Sedge, Canada Wild Ginger, White Wood Aster, or Dwarf Crested Iris. These are a favorite snack of deer and should be protected when young.

    Blooms: White, 3-4 weeks, April-May
    Leaves: Maple shaped leaves with nice fall color
    Height: 4-6’
    Space: 3-5’ 
    Soil: Average-Moist-Dry
    Exposure: Shade-Part shade-Part-sun
    Fauna: Berries for birds and other small animals, bees, flies, multiple moth host plant
    Seeds: Dark blue berries contain hard seeds
    Zone: 4-8
    Deer Resistance: Low
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains, rare in the Sandhills
    Provenance: North Carolina Ecotype, asexually reproduced