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 📧︎ contact button at the bottom of this page.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Viburnum hosts 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).

References

[1]  "Ötzi the Iceman" page "Equipment" section "Birch-bark containers."  South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.  2016.  Accessed 2017-02-10.

[2]  "Ötzi the Iceman" page "Equipment" sections "Longbow, arrows and quiver" and "Copper axe."  South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.  2016.  Accessed 2017-02-10.

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