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Viburnum Leaf Beetle
Guide to identifying viburnums

Which viburnum is it?



Siebold Viburnum
Viburnum sieboldii

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 6 inches long, 1.5 to 3 inches wide
    • Football-shaped to long and narrow
    • Teeth widely spaced and mostly towards tip
    • No hair on underside except along veins
    • Brown spots on underside but not always apparent
    • Burnt rubber smell when crushed
    • Leaf scars encircle stems

    Flowers:
    • Off-white flowers bloom in late May
    • Flowers in flat-topped clusters 3 to 6 inches across
    Fruit:
    • Red maturing to black
    • Ripen in September

    More information:

    Similar Species and distinguishing characteristics:

    Viburnum cassinoides
    Leaves 1.5 to 3.5 long, .75 to 2.25 wide. Fruit changes from green to pink to red to blue to black.
    Viburnum dilatatum
    Leaves 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 3.5 inches wide. Fruit bright red.
    Viburnum farreri
    Leaves 1.5 to 4 inches long, 1 to 2.75 inches wide. Flowers early to mid April before leaves.
    Viburnum setigerum
    Leaves 3 to 6 inches long, 1.25 to 2.5 inches wide. Fruit reddish-orange to orange.

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