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Viburnum

Viburnum is a genus of about 150-175 species of shrubs. The leaves are opposite, simple, and entire, toothed or lobed; cool temperate species are deciduous, while most of the warm temperate species are evergreen. Some species are densely hairy on the shoots and leaves, with star-shaped hairs.

                                                                                                                 Viburnum sp.

The flowers are produced in corymbs 5-15 cm across, each flower white to cream or pink, small, 3-5 mm across, with five petals, strongly fragrant in some species. The gynoecium has 3 connate carpels with the nectary on top of the gynoecium. Some species also have a fringe of large, showy sterile flowers round the perimeter of the corymb to act as a pollinator target.

             

 

 

 

       Viburnum dentatum

The fruit is a spherical, oval or somewhat flattened drupe, red to purple, blue, or black, and containing a single seed.

                                                                                                              Viburnum davidii