White Fragrant Viburnum
Family Adoxaceae
This very early spring flowering shrub grows to about 12 feet, with an irregular form.
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Viburnum farreri
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Fragrant Viburnum comes in two colors, white and pink. This very early spring flowering shrub grows to about 12 feet, with an irregular form. Leaf arrangement: opposite/sub opposite, simple, serrulate, obovate; ovate, venation: pinnate

Leaf type and persistence: deciduous / Leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches / Fall color: purple; red / Fall characteristic: showy

Flower color: white, showy; spring flowering / Fruit shape: round / Fruit length: < .5 inch / Fruit covering: fleshy / Fruit color: blue / Fruit characteristics: does not attract wildlife; inconspicuous and not showy; no significant litter problem.

Trunk/bark/branches: bark is thin and easily damaged from mechanical impact; droop as the tree grows, and will require pruning for vehicular or pedestrian clearance beneath the canopy; routinely grown with, or trainable to be grown with, multiple trunks; not particularly showy; no thorns. Needs little pruning to develop. Tree grows in full sun, shade, or combination. Soil tolerances: clay; loam; sand; acidic; occasionally wet; alkaline; well-drained. / Drought tolerance: high. Not a good street tree, as will not tolerate salt aerosol. [1]

Viburnums attract Red Admiral, Eastern Comma, and Question Mark butterflies and is larval plant food for the spring azure butterfly and hummingbird moth.

Doublefile Viburnum - Viburnum plicatum

Doublefile Viburnum Flowers and Foliage

Viburnums have long been one of the most popular flowering landscape shrubs. There are over 150 species of Viburnum. You can find a variety to suit any garden need: wet or dry, sun or shade, natural or formal, shrub or tree, native or exotic.
References:
1. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN [Online Database] "Viburnum farreri"
2. Fragrant White Viburnum, Morton Arboretum acc. 285-37*1, photos by Bruce Marlin
3. The Arbor Day Foundation, Viburnum
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