Maple-leaf Viburnum

Viburnum acerifolium

Family Caprifoliaceae

Notable Features
Leaves: Leaves are opposite*, finely toothed*, and often with 3 lobes* and shallow sinuses*; smooth. Twigs a light brownish-gray.
Flowers/ Fruit: Clusters of tiny, five-petaled, white flowers appear at the tops of the shrubs May through July, followed by clusters of small, black or blue-black berries. The berries contain a single, flattened seed, and appear in clusters 3 to 5 inches (7½-12½ centimeters) across.
Size/ Shape: A small shrub or tree, not exceeding 10 feet (3 meters) on the Brandeis campus.

Location on Campus

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Located throughout the Sachar Woods.

The berries can be eaten right off the bush, and taste somewhat date or raisin-like. They can also be used to make jam, or eaten as a cooked fruit.

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