Plant A Day – Mapleleaf Viburnum

Mapleleaf Viburnum Viburnum acerifolium

Mapleleaf Viburnum
Viburnum acerifolium

This woodland shrub is another surprisingly edible plant.  The dried up berries are said to be tasty to chew on.  I’ve never seen so many that they would fill you up, but might make a little snack.

The last paragraph was based on what I read on the internet.  So, I went out to find some and try them.  They are definitely not tasty!  They didn’t kill me, but I see no reason to go out and eat any more.  I suppose if I were lost in the woods and dying of starvation I’d eat some.  Or maybe put them in a trap to try to catch something tastier.

The black berries tend to stick up out of the foliage

The black berries tend to stick up out of the foliage

This is why it's called "Mapleleaf" Viburnum

This is why it’s called “Mapleleaf” Viburnum

Young berries.  Maybe they're better tasting than the ripe ones.

Young berries. Maybe they’re better tasting than the ripe ones.

Opposite branching, same as maple trees

Opposite branching, same as maple trees

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