Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Viburnum nudum L.
- Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
- Flowering: April-May
- Field Marks: This Viburnum differs from all others by its finely toothed or untoothed elliptic
leaves and its blue drupes 1/4-1/2 inch long.
- Habitat: Savannas, swamps, flatwoods, wet woodlands, stream banks, bays, bogs, pocosins.
- Habit: Shrub or small tree up to 15 feet tall.
- Stems: Slender, gray or tan, smooth, sometimes sprawling.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, highly variable but usually elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, pointed at the tip,
tapering or rounded at the base, finely toothed or even toothless but usually revolute along the
edges, smooth, glandular dotted on the upper surface, up to 6 inches long, up to 2 1/2 inches wide;
leaf stalks 1/4-1 inch long, usually winged.
- Flowers: Several in terminal and axillary cymes, the cymes up to 6 inches across; flowers up to 1/3
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, usually smooth.
- Petals: 5, white, united at the base.
- Stamens: 5, attached to the petal tube.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Drupes blue, ellipsoid to ovoid, 1/4-1/2 inch long.
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