rusty blackhaw Caprifoliaceae Viburnum rufidulum
Leaf:Opposite, simple, finely serrated, oval to obovate, 1 to 3 inches long; petiole pinkish with a rusty pubescence and slightly winged; leaves shiny above, rusty hairy below.
Flower:Flat topped clusters of small, white flowers, with 5 petals and yellow anthers; clusters 2 to 4 inches across, appear in early spring.
Fruit:Blue-black drupes, 1/4 inch long, waxy bloom, in hanging clusters, maturing in late summer.
Twig:Slender, grayish to reddish brown, with numerous opposite short side branches; valvate buds are rusty in color, finely pubescent.
Bark:Grayish brown, developing a fine blocky pattern.
Form:A large shrub or small tree to 20 feet, trunk dividing near the ground and arching.