Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)
- Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
- Flowering: April-May.
- Field Marks: This Viburnum has finely toothed leaves. It lacks the rusty hairs on the buds and the leaf stalks that Viburnum rufidulum possesses.
- Habitat: Along streams, moist woods.
- Habit: Small tree up to 25 feet tall, with an irregular crown.
- Bark: Reddish brown, broken into irregular plates.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, oval to ovate, short-pointed at the tip, rounded or tapering to the base, finely toothed, smooth, up to 3 inches long, up to 2 inches broad; leaf stalks smooth, not rusty-hairy.
- Flowers: Many, in broad, round-topped clusters, small and white.
- Sepals: 5, green, very small.
- Petals: 5, white, united below.
- Stamens: 5, protruding beyond the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Fleshy, oval to ellipsoid, blue-black, up to 2/3 inch long, sweet.
- Notes: The fruits may be made into jams and jellies.
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