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)
Used as host by 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 a 🦌︎ deer-exclosure plant cage.


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

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

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