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Any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Viburnum, having opposite leaves, showy terminal clusters of small white or pink flowers, and red or black drupes.

[New Latin Vīburnum, genus name, from Latin vīburnum, a kind of shrub.]


1. (Plants) 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. (Plants) the dried bark of several species of this tree, sometimes used in medicine
[C18: from Latin: wayfaring tree]


(vaɪˈbɜr nəm)

any shrub of the genus Viburnum, of the honeysuckle family, many having showy white flower clusters, as the snowball.
[1725–35; < Latin: wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viburnum - deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees: arrow-woodViburnum - deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees: arrow-wood; wayfaring tree
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
Caprifoliaceae, family Caprifoliaceae, honeysuckle family - shrubs and small trees and woody vines
American cranberry bush, cranberry bush, highbush cranberry, Viburnum trilobum, cranberry tree - deciduous North American shrub or small tree having three-lobed leaves and red berries
twist wood, twistwood, Viburnum lantana, wayfaring tree - vigorous deciduous European treelike shrub common along waysides; red berries turn black
crampbark, cranberry tree, European cranberry bush, European cranberrybush, guelder rose, Viburnum opulus - deciduous thicket-forming Old World shrub with clusters of white flowers and small bright red berries
southern arrow wood, Viburnum dentatum, arrow wood - deciduous shrub of eastern North America having blue-black berries and tough pliant wood formerly used to make arrows
arrow wood, Viburnum recognitum - closely related to southern arrow wood; grows in the eastern United States from Maine to Ohio and Georgia
Viburnum prunifolium, black haw - upright deciduous shrub having frosted dark-blue fruit; east and east central North America
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Prune winter-flowering shrubs such as mahonia and viburnum when they have finished putting on their display.
Viburnum These invaluable winter shrubs come in a range of shapes and sizes, both evergreen and deciduous, but tend to be easy to grow on most soils in sun or partial shade, but dig in plenty of well-rotted organic matter when you plant to give them a good start.
OFFER of the week Few shrubs can give pleasure through the cold dark months like this Fragrant Winter Viburnum.
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.
Think Viburnum tinus, cornus, elaeagnus, ribes, ceanothus, forsythia, mahonia, philadelphus, griselinia and cherry laurel (Prunus lusitanica) - all species that are easily propagated and cared for.
We're used to seeing Viburnum x bodnantense, with its pretty clusters of pale pink flowers on bare branches.
Not everything will take root but cornus, viburnum, elder and willow work well.
Viburnum Early autumn, as in right now, is the best time to plant evergreen hedges.
the viburnums (the Mayflower viburnum possibly out-senses the lilac), pieris and kerria, and the parade of azaleas and rhododendrons.
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