|Viburnum acerifolium is a low, open shrub 4 to 6 feet tall, with a 3 to 4 foot spread. The leaves have a characteristic mapleleaf shape and are opposite on the branch. Foliage ranges from dark green in the summer to rose or reddish purple in the fall.
Early summer brings yellowish white flowers on small cymes, in fall a small black drupe ripens, persisting into winter. This native shrub is excellent for naturalizing, and is very shade tolerant. It is found in forest understories and does well on dry soils. Native from New Brunswick to Minnesota, south to Georgia.