Viburnum rafinesqueanum

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Viburnum rafinesqueanum, the downy arrowwood, is a deciduous medium-sized (typically about 2 meters tall) shrub native to the Eastern United States and Canada from Quebec and Manitoba south to Georgia and west to Oklahoma. Downy arrow-wood produces ornamental but slightly malodorous flowers in Spring.[1][2]

Viburnum rafinesqueanum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
V. rafinesqueanum
Binomial name
Viburnum rafinesqueanum

Viburnum rafinesqueanum has opposite, simple leaves and dark blue fruit in berry-like drupes. Foliage turns orange-red in late fall. Southern arrow-wood (V. dentatum) is similar, except that it blooms later and has broader, more coarsely toothed leaves and longer petioles.[2]

Other similar species are smooth arrowwood (V. recognitum) and Carolina arrowwood (V. carolinianum).[1]


  1. ^ a b Weakley, Alan S. (Nov 2012). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States (PDF). Chapel Hill, NC, USA: The University of North Carolina Herbarium. p. 1122-1125. Retrieved 5 Oct 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Downy Arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesquianum)". Carolina Nature, Photos and information about the wild things of North Carolina by Will Cook. Retrieved 5 Oct 2014.

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