Here’s another ‘ongoing’ type post, I hope to occasionally update it with more pictures or information. As with any of my identifications, I’d treat them as a place to start if you’re trying to identify something, not as a set-in-stone solution.

I’m pretty sure this is another viburnum, this one, I’m pretty sure is “Arrowwood Viburnum” … and like with a lot of common names, especially ones which are easy to say, remember, or just sound exciting, they’re often used on multiple species… so that’s again where scientific names come in. The Arrowwood Viburnum I’m typing about is Viburnum dentatum.

To make it worse, if it is as I think, “Arrowwood Viburnum” it’s a highly variable species… and some botanists (~people who study plants) separate two species from the jumble… I’m not even going into that! At least one of the resources I looked at said that some botanists had changed where they had put viburnums in the … well the structure of what is related to what and how in terms of names.  A lot of sources said it was bunched in with the honeysuckles, but some have said they’ve been moved somewhere else… I’m glad I haven’t got that all memorized just to have it changed (speaking of which, a bunch of frogs got moved not super too long after I had to memorize their names for my herpetology course in college…sigh.  At least the common names didn’t change, too!). It also has some other relatives which are pretty similar…which is one reason I’m not going to bet much more than say, $0.50 at evens on it really being this (I’m rather conservative and a chicken about risks).


This comes from July 24, and I’m pretty sure I have some pictures since then I’ll put up when I get to them.

Here they go:

That’s what I have for now for this plant, I’ll try to keep an eye on it as it ripens, and supposedly a lot of these guys (gals? both? I don’t know if it’s dioecious or monoecious–monoecious plants have male bits and female bits on the same individual plants, having “one house” for both males and females, and dioecious plants have either male bits or female bits on individual plants, having two (di) separate houses for males and females…–anyway I haven’t checked on that aspect yet) anyways, a lot of the variants of the Arrowwood Viburnum have some brilliant fall colors.

(side note: Addie says “HEHEHE! I’m really enjoying nerding out, it’s kind of like a research paper I can take wherever I’m interested and to whatever degree I find interesting and have time for, and in an informal way of phrasing things!!! Yea learning! Yea sharing!” -8-17 after posting July 24’s stuff).






Resources, again in no particular order, and some of which may have been used to rule out an ID or information, so there might not even be info there on this plant…it might have been info on something similar.

Click to access pg_vided4.pdf