vi·​bur·​num | \ vī-ˈbər-nəm How to pronounce viburnum (audio) \

Definition of viburnum

: any of a genus (Viburnum) of widely distributed shrubs or small trees of the honeysuckle family with simple leaves and white or sometimes pink cymose flowers

Examples of viburnum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Japanese beetle adults feed on more than 300 plant varieties with a preference for plants like linden, elm, rose, raspberry, grape, viburnum, zinnia and Japanese maple. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 16 July 2022 The viburnum leaf beetle is a heavy feeder that can completely defoliate viburnums. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 2 July 2022 Some plants such as Mexican olive, viburnum, pittosporum and Mexican honeysuckle that are normally evergreen and usually tolerant of cold weather have defoliated in the freeze. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Feb. 2021 The bad news is that a spring-flowering shrub, such as viburnum, forsythia, or deutzia, likely won’t bloom after being sheared by rabbits. Beth Botts,, 10 Apr. 2022 Shrubs include spicebush, blueberry, viburnum, New Jersey tea, meadowsweet spirea and dogwood (redosier, silky, gray, and pagoda). Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 The arrowwood viburnum was sown a year earlier, but is now 24 inches high and fit for planting out. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2020 Our viburnum and beautyberry bushes are loaded with berries for the lucky birds who stay here year-round. Cori Brown,, 19 Sep. 2021 Certain plants seem more sensitive, including edible crops such as tomato, pepper, and potato, and ornamentals such as azalea, viburnum, hydrangea. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of viburnum

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viburnum

New Latin, from Latin, a viburnum

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Medical Definition of viburnum

1 capitalized : a large genus of widely distributed shrubs or trees of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) including several species whose dried bark has been used in folk medicine
2 : any plant of the genus Viburnum

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