Viburnum edule (Michx.) Raf.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 10
Coefficient of Wetness: -3
Wetness Index: FACW
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub
Status: T

A shrub almost entirely of the Boreal Forest region of North America, in Michigan found only on islands in Lake Superior, especially at borders, openings, and thickets in spruce-fir forest and along shores.

Readily distinguished from V. trilobum and V. acerifolium by the lateral, even axillary, aspect of the inflorescences. This species, V. opulus, and V. trilobum are the only Michigan viburnums to have the mature fruit red; our other species have purple-black fruit when mature (although it may pass through a red phase when maturing).

The fruit is edible and high in antioxidants and, in regions to the north, where is it more common, is a popular jelly fruit. It is harvested extensively as highbush cranberry in the northwest, especially Alaska. 


Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 3, 2022.