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Viburnum rafinesquianum
Downy Arrow-wood
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)

Description

Downy Arrow-wood General - erect or spreading shrub up to 2 m tall; twigs, thin, glabrous, pale gray; buds with two pairs of scales.

Leaves - opposite, with very short petioles, elliptic to ovate, 4-8 cm long and 3-5 cm wide, serrate, dark green above, densely hairy below.

Flowers - in upright terminal clusters, numerous, small, white; appearing in late May and June.

Fruit - in clusters of several at ends of branches, black, about 10 mm long, containing a flat stone; ripening in August and September.

Habitat

Primarily in the western portions of NW Ontario's boreal region, from Thunder Bay to Manitoba; primarily in the understory of hardwood dominated forests on fresh, fine-textured soils.

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