Sweet viburnum

Silhouette - sweet viburnum
  • Latin name: Viburnum lentago L.
  • French name: Viorne flexible
  • Synonym(s): Sheepberry , nannyberry
  • Taxonomic Serial Number: 35266
  • NA2 , C2
Description

Leaves

  • Leaf with details of finely toothed margin (above) and winged leaf stalk (below) - sweet viburnum

Form

  • Ovate to narrowly oval
  • Tip slender, sharp, short-tapered
  • Base rounded, hairless
  • Stalk grooved, winged along each side by narrow extensions of leaf blade

Length

  • 5–10 cm

Colour

  • Upper surface yellowish-green
  • Lower surface has tiny dark brown dots

Autumn colour

  • Reddish orange

Margin

  • Finely and sharply toothed   

Petiole

  • 1–2 cm long

Buds

  • Lateral bud and leaf scar - sweet viburnum

Form

  • Terminal bud present, slender
  • Naked, with a pair of immature leaves
  • Terminal flower bud with a bulbous base
  • Lateral buds smaller

Length

  • Terminal bud 20–30 mm
  • Terminal flower bud about twice as long 

Colour

  • Brownish-grey

Twigs

  • Winter twig - sweet viburnum

Form

  • Slender, smooth
  • Unpleasant odour when bruised

Colour

  • Light brown

Flowers

Form

In round-topped clusters (compound cymes)
Several branches radiating from shoot tip

Width

  • 5–10 cm

Colour

  • Creamy white

Structure

  • Synoecious

Fruits

  • Fruit - sweet viburnum

Form

  • Flesh thin, sweet, edible 

Length

  • 8–12 mm

Colour

  • Bluish-black

Structure

  • Drupe

Bark

Form

  • Very small irregular scales

Colour

  • Greyish-brown

Wood

Texture

  • Hard, heavy, close-grained

Colour

  • Dark brown

Size

Height

  • To 10 m

Diameter

  • To 15 cm

Tree form

  • Silhouette - sweet viburnum

Forest-grown

Trunk

  • Slender, crooked

Crown

  • Open, irregular, with a few arching branches

Habitat

Site 

  • Riverbanks, lakeshores, forest edges, roadsides

Range

Southern Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec

Photos
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Distribution map
Distribution map - sweet viburnum
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