Plant Common Name
Maple-leaved Viburnum, Mapleleaf Arrowwood
Named for its maple-like foliage that turns sunset tones in autumn, this small deciduous shade-loving shrub makes a great choice for woodland gardens in its native eastern North America.
Suckering to form loose thickets, the fuzzy brown stems are rather sparsely furnished with three-lobed, dark green leaves that resemble maple foliage. In late spring, flat-topped clusters of yellowish white flowers appear, attracting insects for pollination. The small red berries that ensue ripen to red in summer and black in fall. The lovely fall foliage colors include shades of purple-burgundy, rose, and orange.
Grow this viburnum in well-drained soil in light to full shade. Acidic soils are ideal, but it tolerates many soil types, and also some drought once established. Prune away root suckers to prevent thicketing. Lanky stems can be pruned immediately after flowering to force denser growth. Use mapleleaf viburnum singly or in masses in mixed borders or naturalistic plantings. It excels at providing bright fall color where dry shade prevails, such as under large trees.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 8
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
4'-9' / 1.2m - 2.7m
Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Texas, Canada
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water