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Viburnum ellipticum
western blackhaw, oval-leaved viburnum

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest chiefly along the southern border in Washington; southern Washington to northern California.

Habitat: Thickets, bottom lands, and open woods at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Flies, moths, beetles


Deciduous, erect shrubs 1-3 m. tall; stipules at the base of the petioles narrowly linear, 3-10 mm. long, long-hairy, sometimes wanting.


Leaves opposite, petiolate, the blades with short-stiff hairs beneath and 3 or 5 main veins from the base, broadly elliptic to sub-rotund, 3-8 cm. long, coarsely and bluntly toothed.


Inflorescence a compound umbel, terminal on the ends of leafy branches, many-flowered, 2.5-5 cm. wide; flowers all alike, the whitish corollas 5-9 mm. wide, the 5 lobes rounded; stamens 5, exerted, the filaments 3-5 mm. long; ovary inferior, 3-celled, but only 1 cell fertile.


Fruit a 1-seeded drupe, ellipsoid, 1-1.6 cm. long, red.

Accepted Name:
Viburnum ellipticum Hook.
Publication: Flora Boreali-Americana 1: 280. 1833.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Viburnum ellipticum Hook. var. macrocarpum Suksd.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Viburnum ellipticum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Viburnum ellipticum information.

E-Flora BC: Viburnum ellipticum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Viburnum ellipticum photos.

USDA Plants: Viburnum ellipticum information.

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