Hobblebush Viburnum alnifolium
Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle)
Branching: Opposite

The buds of Hobblebush usually give it away very easily.  They are large, naked and point away from the twig.  The buds are also covered in very fine hairs that are also obvious on the uppermost inch of so of the twigs.  Usually it is a low shrub, about knee to waist height, but sometimes grows higher.  Typically it's associated with wet areas.

Distinctive buds of Hobblebush

The buds are naked and covered with fine hairs

Lateral bud and leaf scar

Closer look of the lateral bud

Older bark

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