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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Viburnum lantanoides [= Viburnum alnifolium]

Hobble-bush, Witch-hobble, Moosewood

Scientific Name:

Viburnum lantanoides [= Viburnum alnifolium]

Genus:

Viburnum

Species Epithet:

lantanoides

Common Name:

Hobble-bush, Witch-hobble, Moosewood

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Viburnaceae (Viburnum Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Spruce-fir forests, northern hardwood forests, and boulderfields per Weakley.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

Federal Status:

(*Key)

Notes:

Viburnum lantanoides is found in the mountains of North Carolina, usually at elevations above 4,000 feet and more common at higher elevations. The species is much more common in northern states where masses occupy the understory and justify the name "hobble-bush".

Hobble-bush is limited to higher elevations in the North Carolina mountains. Paired leaves unfurl from large buds in mid-April.

Will Stuart

Leaves are large, heart-shaped with cordate bases, beautifully textured, and arranged 2 per node along arching branches.

Will Stuart

The inflorescence is a flat-topped cluster of small fertile flowers surrounded by larger, showy, white, sterile flowers.

Will Stuart

Fruits develop in mid-summer, turning red by late summer and later turning deep blue.

Will Stuart

The leaves of Viburnum lantanoides have wonderful fall color turning bright crimson in sunnier locations.

Will Stuart

Immature fruit (drupes) are green which ripen to red then blue

NC mountains

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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