Family

Honeysuckle.

Colour

White.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Maine southward and westward.

Time of Bloom

May, June.

Flowers: small; perfect; growing in flat-topped cymes on long peduncles. Calyx: five-toothed. Corolla; five-lobed. Stamens: five. Pistil: owe. Fruit: a drupe, bright crimson turning to almost black. Leaves: ovate to orbicular; lobed; ribbed; similiar to those of the maple tree. A shrub, sometimes reaching six feet high.

What is true in a general way of a Viburnum will be found to be true of them all, only with variations in the details. The leaves and fruit serve better to identify the species than any difference in the blossoms. This is especially true of V. acerifolium. The leaves might readily be mistaken for those of a young maple tree, while the blossoms, or beautiful fruit, protest loudly against such an error.

V. prunifblium, black-haw, or stag-bush, has almost identical blossoms with the above which grow in compound sessile cymes; and dark blue glaucous fruit, quite sweet and edible. The leaves are bluntly oval, glossy and serrated. It is a tall shrub from eight to twelve feet high, of hard reddish-brown wood and is found blossoming early in the season from Connecticut to Florida and westward to Texas.

V. alnifolium, page 188, Plate XCIX. V. Opulus, page 118.