One of my staff cut this native shrub back a few years ago to reduce tick habitat on my woods edge, thinking he was being helpful.
Initially I was alarmed, but it resprouted with multiple stalks and has more small white flowers than ever before! This is an important plant for bird forage in fall. They quickly strip it of decorative berries that turn from red to blue-black. I enjoy touching its quilted leaves whenever I pass by this shrub. These leaves turn lovely shades of scarlet and bronze in the fall. Maple leaf viburnum is not bothered by any pests or diseases, and deer give it a pass – another plus. It has small stature for a shrub, about 4’-6’ tall and wide.