Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 180 days, cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Looking for a shrub that can grow well in dry, shady areas? Look no further than Viburnum acerifolium, also known as Mapleleaf Viburnum or Dockmackie. This shrub, native to eastern North America, can adapt to USDA hardiness zones of 4 to 8. It has lobed leaves with a fuzzy texture and produces flowers with five small petals in terminal cymes up to 8 cm in diameter. The plant's drupe fruit ranges from red to purple-black and attracts butterflies and birds. Viburnum acerifolium can form a colony over time, making it a great option for creating cover for birds and small wildlife. While not well adapted to fire, it can survive by sprouting from underground rhizomes. This shrub has been popular with landscape architects and designers for decades, but can be difficult to find at nurseries. Don't mistake it for a young maple - Viburnum acerifolium is a distinct and attractive choice for your yard.