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Viburnum edule (Michx.) Raf.
Squashberry, Moosewood viburnum, Few-flowered cranberry bush
Synonyms: Viburnum pauciflorum
USDA Symbol: VIED
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A straggling to erect shrub, 2-7 ft. tall, with smooth, leafy branches. Leaves are sometimes 3-lobed and always palmately veined. White flowers occur in dense, broad, flat-topped clusters on short branches. The fruit is yellow, becoming red or orange in late fall. Straggly shrub with opposite, 3-lobed leaves and sour, edible red berries.
Except in fall, when this plant adds a vivid splash of color to northern forests, Moosewood Viburnum is often overlooked, being rather straggly in appearance. There are more than 100 species of viburnum in the world, 15 of which occur in North America, primarily in the northern latitudes.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Autumn Foliage:
Red, Orange Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AK , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NY , OR , PA , SD , VT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, ON Native Distribution:
Lab. to AK, s. on mts. or cool slopes to n. New England, n.e. MN, CO & n. OR Native Habitat:
Moist, wooded areas USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Cool, moist soils. Conditions Comments:
is highly valued for jam.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Fruit
attracts gamebirds, songbirds and mammals. Conspicuous Flowers:
Collect the fruit
as soon as it has turned a orange-red color. Store seeds with pulp on at 41 degrees. Seed Treatment:
If seeds must be stored, they will need a period of stratification. Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2010-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff