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Viburnum trilobum

 
Viburnum trilobum
American cranberry bush

Synonym(s) Viburnum opulus var. americanum
Common name American cranberry bush
Family adoxaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z2)
Flowers white/green (May)
Size 10'
Light sun-shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil

Despite the common name, this is quite a different plant from the cranberry whose fruit we eat in various guises at Thanksgiving. In fact, I've never spotted any fruit on ours, which is by now quite a large shrub at the back of our orchard. In spring, it is loaded with flat flowerheads - fertile greenish flowers in the center, surrounded by showy white sterile ones. In summer, it finds favor with crickets, who like to hide in its dense mass of foliage and sing away. Finally, in fall, the leaves turn deep purple.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: orchard

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