Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Softleaf Arrowwood
Viburnum molle
Family: Caprifoliaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3?

Rocky dry to somewhat dry woods usually at about mid-slope.

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Early May to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The leaves of this shrub are opposite, ovate and cordate (heart-shaped), marginal teeth over 12 per half the length of the leaf, and petioles 1.5-2.5 cm long. The lowest 2 pairs of leaf veins converge near petiole insertion. The bark exfoliates (shreds) on mature wood. It occurs in calcareous wood and is often associated with outcropping. Fruit are elliptic rather than round.

Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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