Viburnum lantana
Common name: 
Wayfaringtree Viburnum
vi-BER-num lan-TA-na
Adoxaceae, Caprifoliaceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous shrub, 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m), stout spreading branches, rounded, naked buds.  Leaves opposite, simple, leathery, ovate to oblong-ovate, 5-13 cm long, uniform serrations, dark green, wrinkled above, tomentose (dense woolly) below; sometime purplish-red fall color.  In spring (April), small creamy flowers in 7.5-13 cm wide, flat-topped clusters (cymes), have a "crataegus" odor (not pleasant).  Fruit 8 mm long, red, maturing to black, attract birds.
  • Sun to part shade, prefers well-drained, loamy soils, tolerates calcareous and dry soils better than other viburnums.  Fibrous rooted.  Birds will (possibly) consume the black raisin fruit.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (3) 4      Native to Europe, including Britain, and western Asia.  A variegated selection, 'Variegatum'.
  • Wayfaringtree: apparently a tree for the wayfarer, i.e., traveler, V. lantana was common along waysides.  However, John Parkinson (Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris, 1629, a classic work on the English garden) stated that "no travaler doth take either pleasure or profit by it, more then by any other of the hedge trees."  So much for the "accuracy" of common names.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: two  plants just west of the south entrance to Callahan dorm.
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    developing flower clusters and leaves

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    plant habit, fruiting

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    fruit cluster and leaves

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    leaves and fruit, fall