wayfaring tree

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wayfaring tree:

see honeysucklehoneysuckle,
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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Wayfaring Tree


(Viburnum lantana), a shrub or small tree of the genus Viburnum of the family Caprifoliaceae. It grows up to five m in height. The leaves are deciduous, entire, and sharply dentate around the edge; the undersides are at first gray and tomentose and later green. The wintering buds are without scales. The flowers are bisexual, small, whitish, and gathered in corymbs. The mature fruits are black. The wayfaring tree grows in Western Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor; in the USSR it is found in the southwestern European part, the Crimea, and the Caucasus. It is raised as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks as far north as Leningrad; it is also used in steppe forestation.

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