Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Guelder-rose Viburnum - Viburnum opulus   L.
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Section 6 » Family Viburnaceae
DistributionKnown outside of cultivation only in Jackson and Swain counties in the southern Mountains. First collected in 1946 "growing near Cullowhee" (Jackson County). Specimens from Alleghany, Macon, Orange, Randolph, and Wake counties are all from cultivated plants.

Native of Europe; in N.A. scattered in southern Canada south to NC, TN.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatWooded slope above river, seedling in campus planting bed, near Lakeside Trail (Swain Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-May.
IdentificationThis viburnum can be identified by the combination of 3-lobed (maple-like) leaves, large and sterile outer flowers, and red fruits.
Taxonomic CommentsThe native variety americanum occurs in Canada south to NJ, WV, OH, NE, WY.

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