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

All these are part of moschatel  family Adoxaceae.

Most species are native to the temperate 🌐︎ Northern Hemisphere, but some extend into tropical regions and South America.

🚧 In the future, we will add here identi­fi­ca­tion paths for specific species of viburnum, probably starting with mapleleaf viburnum  Viburnum acerifolium, southern 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.

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Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

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

In areas where this plant is native, this plant is among the wet-loving (but terrestrial ) shrubs and trees used to protect eroding streambanks, lakeshores, bluffs, road slopes and landslides (as well as floodplains and stormwater detention ponds), in a process called live-staking.

Use in a house or fence corner garden, bloom dates, height, light, moisture, etc. (Pennsylvania).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (pages 29, 41, 47 and 49)   Growing info (three species) (SW Michigan).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

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  Adobe Acrobat Reader file, and follow the tips in MSUE's article Smart Gardening to Deter Deer.

Ötzi the Iceman carried:


[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.)

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