Deciduous, sprawling to erect shrub, spreading from rhizomes and by layering, 0.5-3.5 m tall; twigs glabrous; bark smooth, reddish to grey.
Opposite, stalked, elliptic in outline, most shallowly 3-lobed but some unlobed, jaggedly toothed, often with an isolated pair of glandular teeth near the junction of the blade and stalk, glabrous or hairy beneath, especially along the veins, turning crimson in the fall.
Inflorescence a small, compact, flat or rounded cluster of few to several flowers, 1-3 cm across, borne on short axillary stalks with a pair of leaves; flowers all alike and fertile; petals whitish, fused at bases into tubes that flare (4-7 mm wide) at the tops to 5 lobes; stamens inconspicuous, the filaments 1 mm long or less.
Berrylike drupes, clustered, red or orange, 0.8-1.5 cm long, each with a single, large, flattened stone.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BWBS(1246), CWH(284), ESSF(330), ICH(1007), IDF(205), MH(5), MS(347), PP(4), SBPS(111), SBS(2433), SWB(43)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Viburnum pauciflorum La Pylaie ex Torr. & A. Gray
TAXONOMIC KEY TO VIBURNUM
1. Leaves deeply 3-lobed; sterile corollas 1.5-2.5 cm across; stamens conspicuous, exserted from the corollas V. opulus
1. Leaves shallowly 3-lobed; corollas all 0.4-0.7 cm across; stamens inconspicuous V. edule