Viburnum lantana (also called wayfaring tree)
Vigorous deciduous shrub or small tree with white flowers in spring, followed by red fruits that eventually turn black. Good for hedging, screens, wildlife and informal gardens or as a small tree. Attractive to insects and birds.
Spring and autumn.
Upright habit. H: 5m S: 4m
Leaves – mid-green, oval, pointed, lightly serrated with a slightly felt-like surface. Undersides are a lighter green.
Flowers – flattened, domed, clusters of fragrant creamy-white flowers in late spring and early summer.
Flowers followed by egg-shaped fruits that start red and ripen to black.
Sun or semi-shade.
Grows well on chalk and clay. Dislikes waterlogged ground.
Cut out older shoots after flowering.
Take softwood cuttings in summer or plant seed in autumn.
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