The genus viburnum includes about two hundred species of shrubs of various sizes, deciduous or evergreen, originating in Asia and Europe; very common in gardens for ease of cultivation, they generally have a rounded or erect shape and reach 3-4 meters in height over a few years. The foliage is oval or lanceolate, generally leathery, smooth or wrinkled, depending on the species, dark green in color. The stems are very branched, and endure even drastic pruning, to keep the shrub more compact. The deciduous species bloom in spring, most of the evergreen species bloom in autumn or spring. Almost all the numerous species of viburnum they produce decorative berries, which remain on the plant for a long time. The flowers of the viburnum they are gathered in characteristic umbrella racemes, and so are the berries. In some cases the racemes are globose, as in V. opulus.
The viburnum acerifolium is a rustic, deciduous shrub with erect branches, which reaches one and a half meters in height. Leaves with three lobes, which first turn orange and then purple in autumn. It presents creamy white flowers at the end of summer and very decorative red-black fruits.