Viburnum molle softleaf arrowwood; black alder Caprifoliaceae VIMO(*); R;

Viburnum molle.USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3. (Accessed 6/2014).

Viburnum molle is a shrub to 4 m tall, bark flaking, twigs pale gray.

Leaves opposite, stalk 1.5-3 cm, blade 6-12 cm long, almost round, tip long-pointed, base lobed, margin coarsely toothed, dark green above, paler, finely hairy below.

Flowers white, small, in clusters 3-8 cm wide on a long stalk.

Fruit fleshy, blue-black, 1 cm long, flattened side-to-side.

Wetland status: NL.

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.

Origin: E. PA to AR.

Habitat: Escaped from cultivation or an overgrown specimen.