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Winter-flowering Viburnum

Observed: 1st December 2012 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in PlantsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Single small tree/bush seen within WWT Arundel site; single older leaf, with blossom and buds.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Viburnum interacts

Comments

Rachy Ramone's picture

I agree with David,

definitely a Viburnum, and probably V. bodnantense, but not possible to make a closer ID at this point.

Lovely fragrance!

They often crop up in managed woodlands or reserves: I have often wondered if they were planted deliberately, or have arrived by seed.

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

David Trevan's picture

Whoops!Viburnum taxonomy

First I agree it is probably V. x bodnantense. I made a bit of a mistake in my comment on the id. The other species it could be is Viburnum farreri, one of the parents of V. x bodnantense. V.fragrans is a an old synonym for V. farreri-sorry. There are also nice cultivars of both V. x bodnantense and V. farreri.

David J Trevan

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Title Change

Many thanks both; title amended accordingly

cicuta58's picture

Title

Needs changing to Viburnum not Viburnam!

cicuta58

Rachy Ramone's picture

Do it....

ViburNAM -style!

*does silly dance*

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

GrizzledBadger's picture

Viburnum

Viburnum x bodnantense is a more robust growing plant than V. farreri, growing taller, with thicker/heavier stems & flower spurs; flower trusses are larger as well as the individual flowers, foliage too is larger & tougher too. It appears to be also more frost resistant. A hybrid raised at Bodnant around 1935,the variety 'Dawn'probably being one of the commonest to be found.

Brock