Viburnum nudum Linnaeus
Adoxaceae (Moschatel) Family
Plant is an upright shrub with a sprawling, open crown of irregular branches. Preferred habitat is moist soils, valleys, upland slopes, open forests, pinelands and damp roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 2.5 inches wide; widest at the center or narrowly so; edges turned under; no teeth and slightly wavy margin; prominent curved side veins raised beneath; shiny green and becoming hairless above; paler and scruffy beneath; turns red in autumn. Leaf stalks are covered with rust-colored hairs.
Flowers are in rounded clusters; creamy white or yellowish corolla lobes; appears in upright short-stalked flat clusters. Flowers occur anytime during the spring months.
Fruit is a small blue drupe.
Wildlife consume the fruit; deer also browse the foliage. The scientific name means "naked," referring to the stalked, leafless flower clusters.