Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Viburnum dentatum


This large shrub from the honeysuckle family is known as arrow-wood. It's one of a couple species of Viburnum that grow in this area. Arrow-wood grows all over the eastern half of the country from Minnesota to Texas. The leaves are around 3 inches long and have attractive coarse dentation along the edge (hence the species name dentatum). Like other viburnums, they produce flat-topped clusters of small white flowers followed by tiny blue-black fruits. Viburnums may be confused with dogwoods (Cornus sp.) because their flower and leaf arrangements are so similar.

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