blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium)
Adoxacedae, the moschatel family*
(Caprifoliaceae in older manuals)
How to recognize blackhaw. Blackhaw is an opposite-leaved shrub with leaves that are simple and have minutely serrate margins.
The flowers of nannyberry are individually small, radially symmetrical, with fused petals, and are arranged in flat-topped clusters called “compound cymes.”
In the winter. Blackhaw twigs have valvate (meeting at the edges) bud scales, and an opposite arrangement.
Where to find blackhaw. E. Lucy Braun, in The Woody Plants of Ohio (1961, 1989; The Ohio State University Press) tell us that this species is “More extensive in range than any of our other species.”