What is this plant. It reminds me of a SnowBall plant but each flowering section is mor like a shield. Thank you.

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    Hello! Where are you located? It looks like Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum), also known as Southern arrowwood or Roughish arrowwood.  This shrub is native to the Eastern United States and Canada from Maine south to Northern Florida and Eastern Texas.

    Viburnum has opposite, simple leaves and fruit in berry-like drupes. The fruits appear blue. Foliage turns yellow to red in late fall.

    Vice Professor Answered on June 4, 2017.
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    Viburnum dentatum or Native Arrowwood Viburnum. This shrub has non-fragrant white flowers in flat-topped corymbs and ovate, toothed, glossy dark green leaves. Terrific shrub for wildlife.

    Specific epithet means toothed for the toothed leaves. Native Americans reportedly used the straight stems of this species for arrow shafts, hence the common name.

    Vice Professor Answered on June 4, 2017.
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    Kathie and Traveler.  Thank you for taking the time to help me with this.  I didn’t know where to start.

    I believe you’re both spot-on with this.  Looking at other images on the vast internet I’m seeing much of what happens with this plant every year.

    The question came up of where I’m located.  Using my native Michigan right hand I’m placing my finger into the center vertically and about one-third of the way up the palm at Grand Ledge Mi.


    You’ve been very helpful.

    Beginner Answered on June 4, 2017.
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    Michigan.. That’s what I’ve actually thought, as Arrowwood vibrunum (Viburnum dentatum) seems to be a native plant for Michigan landscapes 🙂

    Vice Professor Answered on June 5, 2017.
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