Maple-Leaf Viburnum, Possumhaw, Dockmackie, Flowering Maple, Arrowwood, Guelder-Rose, Squashberry

Viburnum acerifolium

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: acerifolium (a-ser-ih-FOH-lee-um) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Cullman, Alabama

Downers Grove, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Annapolis, Maryland

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Canton, Massachusetts

Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Croton On Hudson, New York

Oyster Bay, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Chepachet, Rhode Island

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 30, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

An interesting native shrub of eastern North America. I occasionally see it in mature shady woods or in woodland edges in southeast Pennsylvania. Good for providing berries to birds. Great for naturalizing a landscape.


On May 25, 2013, pmta50 from Saint Charles, IL wrote:

Our house is on the edge of a wooded gully, and the maple leaf viburnum I planted next to the house three or four years ago is growing well. Flowers are pleasant, and the dark berries and rosy leaves are pretty in the fall. The best thing about it is that it's doing well in pretty deep shade. I want more to plant on the sides of the gully where I pulled out huge invasive honeysuckle shrubs.


On Nov 27, 2012, chalupa from Union Springs, NY wrote:

Very susceptible to viburnum leaf beetle in this area. Both larvae and
adults feed on the foliage. Continued years of feeding will kill the shrub.


On May 29, 2007, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

As Terry says below, the leaves are similar to some Maples, especially Acer pensylvanicum, which I thought this was, until they bloomed.
I've seen some pictures of this plant's leaves with five lobes but the ones I've found here all have three, except young leaves sometimes are unlobed and toothed.
It spreads by shallow runners under leaves on the forest floor.


On Jan 30, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I discovered one in my woods 2 years ago growing in dense shade. It is one of my favorites now. I would recommend it for any woodland garden.


On Jan 6, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

One of the most shade tolerant of the viburnum genus, mapleleaf viburnum is a widely distributed native understory shrub in KY. Flowering and fruiting more heavily with more light, it is still stalwart and handsome under closed canopy forest. The pinkish (and into the palest purple) fall color is quite handsome in the fall, and unique for shrubs around here.

It is so easily grown, it ought to be a staple of any native gardener's palette where it is hardy.


On Jun 29, 2002, penzie wrote:

I agree with a previous author--maplewood viburnum are hardy in zone 4. I have never planted any, because the birds have done that for me and the plants are thriving nicely. Fortunately, the birds planted the seeds in a fairly wooded (natural as possible) area, and they are nicer than the poison ivy also planted by the birds.


On Apr 9, 2002, allopatry wrote:

This species hardiness is from zones 4-8, not 6-8 as listed in the description


On Aug 30, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mapleleaf Viburnum has bright green or dark foliage in the spring, turning a pink to maroon color in the fall. Leaves have five lobes, similar in shape to Maple leaves. Late spring flowers are white, forming flat clusters, turning to purple or blue-black berries in late summer.

Can tolerate deep, dry shade.