Arrowwood Viburnum. Arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) is a dense, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 5 to 9 feet tall and wide.
The branches are upright and spreading and arch at the tips. The leaves are either a shiny or flat dark green and turn yellow or red to red-purple in the late fall.
This shrub or small tree can grow up to 22 feet high and has bark and twigs that are often tipped with a spine. The oval, glossy leaves stay green late into the fall, after most other deciduous leaves have fallen.
In spring, look for dense clusters of 2 to 6 yellow-green flowers; the small black fruit are produced throughout the growing season. Red Wall Parthenosisus (Virginia creeper) is another native plant with great fall color. The foliage is deep green through spring and summer, then turns fire-engine red in the fall. It does produce blue berries in fall, but it's the red foliage color that is its calling card.
Nov 10, Gold, bronze, yellow, saffron, orange and, of course, red. Red fall leaves enrich the autumn palette and outfit the season in regal splendor. Numerous trees and shrubs can provide that searing scarlet or crimson cache to the home landscape. Trees that turn red in autumn span more than the lovely red maples into many more ornamental specimens. Many of these trees start out other colors but end up a decided red, amping up the color as the season progresses, only to pop out with a thrilling red.
Multi-stemmed bushy shrub ( ft.) Tiny leaves, oval to spatula-shaped (green or reddish-purple) Sharps spines /thorns Bright red berries (fall) Potential Look-Alikes: none, easy to identify.
Locations: Prevalent in the Palos region and some areas of the Calumet region and quickly becoming a problem in other areas.