Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Japanese Snowball Viburnum - Viburnum plicatum   Thunberg
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DistributionKnown from the northern Mountains and the Piedmont. First collected in 1986 and 1987 on campus of Duke University, Durham County. Specimens from Forsyth, Johnston, Randolph, and Wake counties are from cultivated plants. Another specimen from Forsyth Co. is V. dilatatum. A specimen from Polk Co. is V. carolinianum.

Native of eastern Asia; in N.A. MA to MI south to NC and IN.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatLocal escape to side yard, trail on campus, border of campus woods, in woods on campus.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-June.
IdentificationJapanese Snowball Viburnum has leaves similar to those of V. dilatatum, but narrower and with a longer tip. It has large, sterile, marginal flowers (unlike dilatatum. From V. macrocephalum it differs in a technical character of the winter buds (see Weakley key) and also by more pairs of leaf veins (8-12 vs. _____) and leaves with a more acuminate tip.
Taxonomic CommentsAlso known as V. tomentosum.

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