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Viburnums are a deciduous shade tolerant shrub distributed world wide that are an important food source for wildlife. Some of the species have characteristics that make them desirable for landscaping use. Maple-leaf viburnum, the species found locally, is named for the shape of the leaf, which resembles those of maple trees. In the woods maple leaf viburnum and small red maple trees are sometimes growing side by side and a close look is required to tell tree from shrub. Maple-leaf viburnum is particularly desirable for landscaping shrub because it does not get overly tall and adapts to a range of conditions. Although it is shade tolerant, it will also do well with some sun and will even produce more fruit.