[NAFEX] Cranberry Bush Viburnums
Martha L. Davis
martha_davis at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 5 16:03:51 EST 2008
The viburnum flowers are truly beautiful. Some hydrangeas also have a similar arrangement. I had them but never made jelly because I was deterred by the dirty sock smell. According to Michael Dirr, V. opulus the european cranberry bush viburnum, has a few concave, disk-like glands on the petiole. V. trilobum the american cranberry bush viburnum is supposed to have small dome shaped glands usually stalked on it's petiole. I have always found them hard to tell apart and even looking at labeled species in an arboretum it was not all that clear. In addition I suspect that both are now present in "wild" areas not to mention hybrids between the two.
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