Small Leaf Viburnum
(Small Leaf Arrowwood - Walter's Viburnum - Blackhaw)
Viburnum obovatum
Adoxaceae (Moschatel) Family

Plant is an upright evergreen shrub or small tree with multiple trunks; broad and spreading crown; small white flowers and mature tiny black fruit. Preferred habitat is moist soils, valleys, along stream banks and the border of rich woods. Distribu-
tion is throughout the Escambia region, but is not known west of the Tensaw River delta.

Leaves are opposite on the flowering stem; 1-2 inches long and up to 1-1/2 inches wide; broadest at the middle or slightly beyond; spoon-shaped and few, if any, teeth on leaf margins; dark and shiny green above; paler beneath with reddish gland spots on the underside.

Flowers are in small, flat-top clusters about two inches wide; no flower stalks; five rounded white corolla lobes. Flowers occur in the spring.

Small Leaf Viburnum honors Thomas Walter, English-born planter of South Carolina, who described this species in his Flora Caroliniana. The Latin species name refers to the leaf shape. Birds consume quantities of the fruit.

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