This was a fun discovery! Right near my garden deer fence I noticed some lovely clustered white blooms, and I immediately thought “viburnum”. What kind of viburnum was another story. The way I finally figured it out was the leaf shape, and it was unmistakably Mapleleaf Viburnum.
Unfortunately this isn’t a viburnum that has tasty berries, so they are best left for the wildlife.
Alternate Names: Maple-leaf Arrowwood, Dockmackie Size: 3'-6' tall, 3'-6' wide Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family) Habitat: Moist to dry woods, sun to partial shade. Identification: Deciduous clumpy shrub with 3-lobed maple shaped leaves that are coarsely toothed. Produces numerous clusters of white flowers above the leaves. After, the fruit is fleshy, and a very dark purple-black when ripe. Blooms April-June, Fruits August-October.