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

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Recent Examples on the Web There are a number of viburnum varieties that the deer do not usually eat. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Deer-proof plant suggestions for your San Antonio garden," 7 May 2020 Or the very late winter into early spring blooming Viburnum v. carlessii, commonly known as Korean spice viburnum, whose clove fragrance wafts a good distance and whose foliage takes on sophisticated burgundy shades come autumn. oregonlive, "These sweet-smelling winter shrubs chase away the January blues," 30 Jan. 2020 There are several ways to control the spread of the viburnum leaf beetle. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Holes in your viburnum leaves? It may be a new invasive beetle," 27 July 2019 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,, "It’s Japanese beetle season. Here’s how to protect your plants from these voracious pests.," 26 July 2019 Rusty blackhaw viburnum is harder to find but worth the effort. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 If the pruners have been burning a hole in your garden glove, go ahead and trim up the lilac, forsythia, viburnum and other spring-blooming shrubs, if needed. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 For the blues of her dress: viburnum berries and the thistle-like Eryngium. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Post-Holiday Bouquet Based on a Pretty, Pooped-Out Reveler," 24 Jan. 2019 The tight pink and ivory buds of several fragrant viburnum flirted with passersby who knew the scent of just one of the open flowers could stop them in their tracks. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 2018

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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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The first known use of viburnum was circa 1731

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“Viburnum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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