vi·bur·num | \ vī-ˈbər-nəm \

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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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 Shopping for new plants is a delight and people who have not done it for a while may be amazed at the great range of offerings in hydrangeas, viburnums, camellias, azaleas and more evergreen and deciduous shrubs. charlotteobserver, "Gardeners rejoice at the approach of autumn," 16 Aug. 2017 Fall birds are attracted by shrubs and trees with berries, including elderberry, crabapple, holly and viburnum. Uyeta Landscape And Maintenance, The Seattle Times, "Design a fall garden for all of your senses," 28 July 2017 Arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) seems to be especially vulnerable. Beth Botts,, "Beetles likely behind holey viburnum shrubs," 5 June 2017 If a 5- to 6-foot-tall planting is adequate, select the dwarf Burford holly, suspensum viburnum or thryallis. Tom Maccubbin,, "Plant Doctor: Help hedges grow naturally," 18 May 2017

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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 \

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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