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Viburnum edule
high-bush cranberry, squashberry
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to Newfoundland, south to northern Oregon, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Habitat: Moist woods and swamps.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Deciduous, sub-erect shrubs 0.5-2.5 m. tall, the petioles, peduncles and leaf blades with small, scattered glands.

Leaves:

Leaves opposite, petiolate, palmately veined and shallowly 3-lobed, or occasionally pinnately veined and without lobes, sharply toothed, usually 3-10 cm. long and wide, with a pair of glandular projections near the junction with the petiole.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a compound umbel, borne on a short, axillary shoot which has a single pair of leaves, 1-2.5 cm. wide with less than 50 flowers; corolla widely bell-shaped, whitish, 4-7 mm. across, the 5 lobes about equal to the tube, the flowers all alike; stamens and style inconspicuous; ovary inferior, 3-celled, but only 1 cell fertile.

Fruits:

Fruit a 1-seeded drupe, 1-1.5 cm. long, red or orange.

Accepted Name:
Viburnum edule (Michx.) Raf.
Publication: Med. Repos., ser. 2, 5: 254. 1808.

Synonyms:
Viburnum opulus L. var. edule Michx.
Viburnum pauciflorum La Pylaie ex Torr. & Gray
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Viburnum edule in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Viburnum edule checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Viburnum edule atlas page.

CalPhotos: Viburnum edule photos.

USDA Plants: Viburnum edule information.

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