Guide to identifying Viburnums
it a viburnum?
Guide to viburnums by David Swaciak.
Leaf drawings by
images by Paul Weston & Craig Cramer
Note: This species combines what were once considered two distinct species, the European cranberry bush (V. opulus) and the American cranberry bush (V. opulus var. americana). Most references still refer to the American cranberry bush by its old latin name, V. trilobum. The two cranberry bushes are difficult to distinguish, and for the purposes of this project, you don't need to tell them apart. Simply choose V. opulus on the data form.
- Stipules (fang-like appendages) along base of petiole (leaf
- Glands (bumps) on petiole near base of leaf blade
Also known as European Snowball bush or Guilder Rose, this old favorite is covered with showy, white, 3-inch-wide inflorescences of sterile flowers, which produce no fruit. Flowers start out greenish and may turn pinkish as they mature.
Species and distinguishing characteristics:
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