Maple-leaved viburnum is a native, medium-sized under-story shrub, preferring shade and part shade conditions. It makes it a great option for naturalizing in shady areas. The creamy-white, flat-topped flowers in May, black fruit in fall, persisting into winter, and excellent pink to dark burgundy fall color add year-round interest.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Mixed border,
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A loose, open, colony-forming shrub reaching 4 to 6 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Shade-loving, best in naturalizing as understory shrub.
Prefers loamy, organic, well-drained soils.
It may be difficult to locate in nurseries.
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Disease, pests, and problems
Aphids, scale and borers are potential problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Commonly found in forests ridges, slopes and low areas.
Native to eastern and Midwest U.S.
Bark color and texture
Smooth gray bark with prominent lenticels.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, simple, 5-inch long leaves in pairs; generally 3-lobed, maple-like shape.
Fall color varies from yellow to pink to red to purple.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Creamy white, 5-petaled flowers in an upright, flat-topped to slightly domed clusters in May.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Black fruit in the fall persists into winter.