Viburnum kansuense Batal.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Viburnum kansuense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/viburnum/viburnum-kansuense/). Accessed 2020-09-20.

Genus

Glossary

appressed
Lying flat against an object.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
midrib
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Viburnum kansuense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/viburnum/viburnum-kansuense/). Accessed 2020-09-20.

A deciduous shrub, 4 to 8 ft high, with glabrous, ultimately greyish branchlets. Leaves ovate to roundish in main outline, but deeply three- or five-lobed, the lobes coarsely toothed and taper-pointed, the base wedge-shaped, rounded or slightly heart-shaped, 1 to 2 in. long, and from two-thirds to fully as much in width, dark green, and with appressed hairs above, especially on the veins; much paler beneath, with conspicuous tufts of pale down in the vein-axils, and with hairs along the midrib and veins; leaf-stalk 12 to 1 in. long, slender, glabrous; three or five main veins radiate from the top of the leaf-stalk. Corymbs without sterile flowers, 1 to 112 in. across, often seven-rayed. Flowers pinkish white, 14 in. wide; calyx glabrous. Fruits red, 13 to 12 in. long, oval to roundish.

Native of China, where it is apparently widely spread, being found in Kansu, Szechwan, and Yunnan; introduced by Wilson in 1908. It belongs to the Opulus group, but is distinct in having no marginal showy sterile flowers, which the other Chinese species (V. sargentii) has. The leaves also are very distinct in their frequently small size and deep lobing, some suggesting a small maple leaf. An elegant shrub needing a shaded position. The leaves turn dull red in autumn.

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