Viburnum opulus

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Viburnum opulus, Linn. European Cranberry-bush. Shrub, attaining 12 ft., with rather smooth light gray branches and sts.: lvs. broadly ovate, 3-lobed, with coarsely dentate-serrate, acuminate lobes, pubescent beneath, 2-4 in. long; petioles with narrow groove and large disk-like glands: fls. white, in peduncled cymes, 3-4 in. broad: fr. subglobose to oval, scarlet. May, June; fr. in Aug. Eu., N. Afr., N. Asia. H.W. 3, p. 131. R.F.G. 17:1171. S.B.F. 4:639. Var. nanum, Jacq. A very dwarf, compact, small-lvd. form; flowers but very rarely. Var. sterile, DC. (V. roseum and V. rosaceum, Hort.). Guelder Rose. Snowball. Fig. 3927. All fls. sterile, forming large, globose heads. Gng. 1:9. Gn. 56, p. 83; 76, p. 35. F.E. 15:319; 20:313. G.W. 6, p. 159.—This is a very showy variety, but it lacks the decorative frs. Var. xanthocarpum, Spaeth. Fr. yellow. There are also variegated forms of the type and of the sterile variety.

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