squashberry Caprifoliaceae Viburnum
edule (Michx.) Raf. symbol: VIED
Leaf: Opposite, simple, orbicular, 3-lobed (terminal leaves may be unlobed), 2 to 4 inches long, coarsely dentate; long straight hairs present along the veins on the lower surface; petiole has raised glands near the base of the leaf.
Flower: Species is monoecious; white, flat top cluster 1 inch across; individual flowers 1/4 inch across; appearing in late spring and early summer.
Fruit: Drupes, nearly round, to 1/2 inch across, bright red, juicy, maturing in fall; each containing one flattened seed.
Twig: Light reddish brown, lustrous; buds with only 2 visible scales, green and slightly stalked.
Bark: Smooth and gray.
Form: Large shrub to 12 feet tall, arching stems, very dense, rounded form.
Additional Range Information: Viburnum edule is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting squashberry.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson