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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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 If your viburnum is in a pot, the growing medium is very different from your landscape soil. Walter Reeves, ajc, "Rose black spot can be controlled," 11 July 2018 Antique silver vessels from Chezar’s Zonneveld Farm were filled with white roses of every variety, accompanied by lily of the valley, ranunculus, tulips, and surprising elements such as blue berries of privet and viburnum. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Romantic Wedding Weekend at the Wheatleigh Hotel in the Berkshires," 6 June 2018 The arbor Meggie and Ian were married under was a mixture of garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and snowball viburnum. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Meggie Kempner’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Beverly Hills," 24 May 2018 Some browning of the edges of leaves such as viburnums appears alarming at first but should not cause worry. Nancy Brachey, charlotteobserver, "Find surprises in your landscape," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of viburnum

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

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New Latin, from Latin, a viburnum

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

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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