Cranberry Viburnum Viburnum trilobum
Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle)
Other names: Highbush Cranberry
Cranberry Viburnum is fairly common in southern Ontario but rarely
occurs in high densities. It is quite distinctive usually, with
two-scaled buds that are reddish-green and smooth tan bark. It
usually grows as a multi-stemmed shrub but can grow to be much taller
than a person. Its berries stand out throughout the winter.
They are bright red and hang in clusters. Apparently they
don't taste good for most animals since they are usually present by the
end of the winter.
Cranberry Viburnum winter twig. The buds are distinctive. Twigs are usually a light tan colour
Often they lack an end bud and have the dead remains of a twig instead.
Another view of the buds. They are smooth and plump.
An older branch with a young sprout
Hanging clusters of fruit often make Cranberry Viburnum very obvious in the winter.
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