Viburnum is a genus of 150-175 species of shrubs and trees, some also called ➳ arrowwood.

All are part of moschatel  family Adoxaceae.

Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, but some extend into South America and tropical regions.

🚧 In the future, we will add here identification paths for specific species of viburnum, probably starting with mapleleaf viburnum  Viburnum acerifolium, arrowwood viburnum  Viburnum dentatum, nannyberry  Viburnum lentago, European highbush-cranberry  Viburnum opulus, ◼︎ black-haw  Viburnum prunifolium and American highbush-cranberry  Viburnum trilobum.

Then we will probably add wild-raisin  Viburnum cassinoides, mooseberry  Viburnum edule, wayfaring tree  Viburnum lantana, Japanese snowball  Viburnum plicatum, downy arrowwood  Viburnum rafinesquianum and Siebold's arrowwood  Viburnum sieboldii.   Please let us know which other species you would like to see here, using the button at the bottom of this page.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Ötzi the Iceman carried:

Viburnum hosts caterpillars of 102 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Growing info (three species) (SW Michigan) (.pdf).

In areas of high populations of deer  family Cervidae, landscapers may need to protect young trees with deer-exclosure plant cages for areas of extreme predation (.pdf), and follow the tips in MSUE's article Smart Gardening to Deter Deer.


[1]  "Ötzi the Iceman" page "Equipment" section "Birch-bark containers."  South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.  .   Accessed .

[2]  "Ötzi the Iceman" page "Equipment" sections "Longbow, arrows and quiver" and "Copper axe."  South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.  .   Accessed .

Learn more about viburnum genus Viburnum (Viburnum spp.)

Discover Life Encyclopedia of Life Google Google images Michigan Flora Minnesota Wildflowers USDA PLANTS db Wikipedia