Shrub to 2 m (6 ft) tall. Twigs thin, glabrous, pale gray. Buds with two pairs of scales. Leaves opposite, with very short petioles, elliptic to ovate, 4-8 cm (1.6-3.2 in) long and 3-5 cm (1.2-2 in) wide, serrate, dark green above, densely hairy below. Flowers in upright terminal clusters, numerous, small, white, blooming in spring. Fruits in clusters of several at ends of branches, black, about 10 mm (0.4 in) long, ripening in late Summer or early Fall.
Distribution: Native to about the southeastern quarter of the U. S.
Habitat: Forest understory.
NWI status: none
Comment: Viburnum is the old Latin name for some tree; rafinesquianum honors the American naturalist C. S. Rafinesque.
Distribution in Oklahoma:
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Last update: 9/22/99
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