Viburnum lantanoides

A native viburnum with edible fruits

Viburnum lantanoides hobblebush

Plant grows in the wild/spontaneouslyPlant is native to PA Synonyms:   Viburnum alnifolium

Called "hobblebush" because of the tendency of its drooping branches to touch the ground and grow roots of their own, thus presenting a tripping hazard for hikers, this native viburnum grows throughout the Eastern US  as far south as Georgia and extends north into Canada.

The plant displays a serrate leaf that is cordate, or roughly heart-shaped.  In early summer, usually around May or June, the plant will form large clusters of white or pink flowers, with two distinct sizes, a larger outer flower and a smaller inner flower.  The larger flowers are sterile and mainly for show; the inner flowers contain reproductive parts.

Unlike many of the imported viburnum, the fruits of the hobblebush can be safely eaten or prepared as a jelly when fully ripened and black.  The flowers provide a rich source of nectar for spring azure butterflies.

Occasional in cool, moist woods and ravines.

Found in northern and cetral parts of the state.

Wetland codes

Flowers late April through May.

Fruits in August.

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