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common name for some members of the Caprifoliaceae, a family comprised mostly of vines and shrubs of the Northern Hemisphere, especially abundant in E Asia and E North America.
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a genus of mainly deciduous shrubs or small trees of the family Caprifoliaceae. The leaves are opposite; they are either entire or lobed. The flowers, which are white or pink, are gathered into an umbel, corymb, or panicle. The marginal flowers are sterile and often larger than the rest. The fruit is a drupe, which is used for food. The bark contains tannins, resin, and several acids. The wood is used in the manufacture of small articles. There are approximately 120-200 species in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North, Central, and South America. In the USSR there are eight species. The most important of these is the European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus), which is found in the forests of European USSR, the Caucasus, Western Siberia, and Middle Asia. It is cultivated as an ornamental throughout the European USSR, where it is known as buV-denezh. The bark of the trunk and branches yield a liquid ex-tract, which is gathered in the early spring and dried. It is used medically as a hemostatic (mainly in uterine hemorrhages). The species V. orienta lis, which has fruiting marginal blossoms, grows in the Caucasus. The species V. burejaeticum and V. sar-genta are found in the Far East. The wayfaring tree also belongs to the genus Viburnum.



1. any of various temperate and subtropical caprifoliaceous shrubs or trees of the genus Viburnum, such as the wayfaring tree, having small white flowers and berry-like red or black fruits
2. the dried bark of several species of this tree, sometimes used in medicine
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Others which require a male to pollinate the fruit-bearing female include sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), Aucuba japonica and Viburnum davidii, while trees and shrubs that bear ornamental fruit without needing two plants include Arbutus unedo, crataegus, malus, sorbus, pyracantha, cotoneaster, euonymus and berberis.
Sure, the winter viburnums are gaunt, rather upright shrubs after flowering.
clockwise) Witch Hazel, winter flowering Viburnums, Sarcococca and Skimmias
Viburnums are easy plants to grow, so easy that they are often disregarded as being too "common" for trendy sophisticated gardens, which is a pity.
They're adding a new viburnum cultivar to the list of award winners that have been bred at the U.
Most species of viburnums originate from China but since their introduction to us over the last 200 years or more, a lot of hybridisation has taken place and given us some wonderful forms to choose from.
Viburnums ;Witch hazel; Wintersweet; Daphne; Mahonias; Winter box
Winter-flowering shrubs - including witch hazel, viburnum and mahonia - are often the most interesting.
The evergreen winter flowering Viburnums are also useful.
The arboretum has the world's only viburnum and crape myrtle breeding programs.
A member of the honeysuckle family, viburnums produce showy, fragrant flowers above their ornamental foliage in winter and spring, when there is very little else about to brighten up the garden.
Viburnums have a preference for neutral to alkaline soils and, for winter flowering species and hybrids, shelter from cold, easterly winds will help to preserve the flowers for a longer period.