About the Oval Leaved Viburnum
This species is also known as Western, Common, or Oregon Viburnum, Western Blackhaw, Western Wayfaring Tree, or Western Cranberry Bush. The foliage, flowers and fruit of Oval-leaved Viburnum provide interest throughout the growing season. Fall foliage is especially attractive. It is similar to hawthorn, but in shrub form with no thorns! It is native from SW Washington to Central California. Beads made from the fruit/seeds were used along with beads made with dentalium shells, other shells, stone, bone, or pine nuts for trade as “Women’s Money” as well as for decoration.