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Viburnum Leaf Beetle
Guide to identifying viburnums

Which viburnum is it?



Linden Viburnum
Viburnum dilatatum

Viburnum leaf
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Guide to identifying Viburnums

  • Common names

  • Is it a viburnum?

  • Which viburnum?

  • Express key

  • ID tutorial

    Guide to viburnums by David Swaciak.

    Leaf drawings by
    Marcia Eames-Sheavly.

    Logo images by Paul Weston & Craig Cramer

  • Leaves:

    • Deciduous
    • 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 3.5 inches wide
    • Rounded or egg-shaped
    • 2 to 4 circular glands at base of leaf, best seen from the underside
    Flowers:
    • Small, creamy white in flattened clusters 3 to 5 inches in diameter
    • Blooms May to early June

    Fruit:

    • Bright red, borne in flattened clusters
    • Colors in September and October and persists into December

    Twigs:

    • Pubescent (hairy, right) and with prominent orange lenticels (raised pores, far right)
    V. dilatatum stem
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    V. dilatatum lenticels
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    More information:

    Similar Species and distinguishing characteristics:

    Viburnum dentatum
    Leaves 2 to 4.5 inches long, 1 to 4 inches wide. Fruit blue-black berry
    Viburnum farreri
    Leaves 1.5 to 4 inches long, 1 to 2.75 inches wide. Fruit red changing to black.
    Viburnum setigerum
    Leaves 3 to 6 inches long, 1.25 to 2.5 inches wide.
    Fruit reddish-orange to orange.
    Viburnum wrightii
    Leaves 3 to 5 inches long, 1 to 2.5 inches wide, lacks heavy pubescence on leaves and stems.

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