Jan. 27, 2022

southern arrow-wood, Viburnum dentatum

Southern arrow-wood is one of the arrow-wood group of Viburnum that have large-toothed leaves. Other parts of the genus have lobed or fine-toothed leaves. They all produce berry-like fruit that are appreciated by wildlife. Some were eaten by humans but apparently not arrow-woods. The bark was an ingredient in kinnikinnick, a smoking mixture used ceremonially and medicinally by native people. These shrubs can produce long straight shoots that were indeed used for arrow shafts. Southern arrow-wood grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Lenawee Co MI, 6/11/13. Moschatel family, Adoxaceae.