Viburnum rafinesquianum Caprifoliaceae
Downy Arrowwood Viburnum, Rafinesque Viburnum vi-BER-num raf-in-es-kwe-A-num
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, to about 6.5 ft (2 m) high, compact, finely twiggy. Leaves simple,
opposite, ovate to nearly elliptic, 3-5 cm
long, base rounded or subcordate, tip acute or acuminate, margin coarsely toothed, 4-6 vein pairs,
dark green above, densely soft-pubescent below, petiole 2-6 mm long. Fall color is scarlet.
Flowers white in broad, flat-topped clusters (cymes), 3-6 cm across. Fruit ellipsoid, 7-9 mm long, blue-black.
- Sun or partial shade, adapts to many soil types, suckers freely.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (3) 4 Native to much of eastern North
America, from Quebec south to Georgia and east to Manitoba, south to Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky.
- rafinesquianum: in honor of Constantine Samuel Rafinesque (1783-1840), a naturalist of French-
German parentage who spent most of his life in Sicily and the US and authored some 900 publications (Stearn, 1996).