Viburnums consist of a very large
group of hundreds of shrubs and small trees that
have opposite leaves and bear clusters of white
flowers followed by
berry-like fruit. Colors for the
fruit vary by species and range from red, yellow,
blue and black. Many of the flowers are fragrant
and, depending on the species or cultivar, begin
blooming in very early spring into the summer. They
often have distinctive fall color.
The shrubs are generally vigorous
growing and have few serious problems. Most are
shade tolerant and are good companions for plants
such as hostas.