Viburnum is a genus of 150-175 species of shrubs and trees.  Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, but some extend into South America and tropical regions.  Some species are called ↣ arrowwood.

🚧 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 species you would like to see here, using the 📧︎ contact button at the bottom of this page.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
Host to caterpillars of 102 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Ötzi the Iceman carried ⇶ arrow shafts made of wayfaring tree Viburnum lantana and Cornelian-cherry dogwood Cornus mas ,[1] and a ♐︎ bow and axe-handle made of European yew Taxus baccata. [2]

In areas of high populations of deer family Cervidae, landscapers may need to protect young trees with deer-exclosure plant cages (.pdf).


[1] South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology > Equipment section "Birch-bark containers" retrieved 2017-02-10 by EP.

[2] South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology > Equipment sections "Longbow, arrows and quiver" and "Copper axe" retrieved 2017-02-10 by EP.

Learn more about viburnum genus Viburnum (Viburnum spp.)

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