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Viburnum rafinesqueanum [= Viburnum rafinesquianum]

Downy Arrow-wood, Downy Arrowwood

Scientific Name:

Viburnum rafinesqueanum [= Viburnum rafinesquianum]

Genus:

Viburnum

Species Epithet:

rafinesqueanum

Common Name:

Downy Arrow-wood, Downy Arrowwood

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Adoxaceae (Moschatel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry-mesic to dry woodlands and forests, especially over mafic rocks (but not at all restricted to such sites), less commonly in moister sites. Common in NC Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Two spellings of the name lead to missed searches rafinesqueanum and rafinesquianum ("e" and "i" spellings found at different sources)

Drought Tolerant. USDA lists only in counties of Allamance, Chatham, Guilford, and Richmond counties - has been observed in Wake County as well.

Buds

image

© Tom Harville, 25 March 2006

Blooms

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© Tom Harville, 9 April 2006

Blooming Plants

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© Tom Harville, 9 April 2006

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC State Extension
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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