Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

RUSTY BLACKHAW
Viburnum rufidulum
Caprifoliaceae

Leaves are simple, opposite, deciduous, oval, up to 3 inches long, finely serrate, shiny, and with rusty hairs on the underside. Twigs are stout and green-gray with lenticels and wooly maroon hair. Buds are valvate and covered with rusty wooly hair. Bark is gray-black and blocky. Flowers are in showy, white, flat-topped clusters. Fruit is a blue drupe. Form is an understory shrub or small tree up to 6 m (20 ft) in height found on moist sites in the east and southeastern U.S. Many cultivars of viburnum are available for landscaping. The fruit is eaten by song and game birds, small mammals and deer.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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