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A deciduous shrub up to 10 ft high; young shoots slightly scurfy and downy. Leaves oval, ovate or lance-shaped, 2 to 41⁄2 in. long, 1 to 21⁄4 in. wide, minutely and irregularly toothed to almost entire, dark glossy green and glabrous above, paler, somewhat scurfy or glabrous beneath; stalk 1⁄4 to 5⁄8 in. long. Flowers yellowish white, uniform and perfect, 1⁄5 in. across, produced in early June on cymes 2 to 4 in. wide; the main-stalk as long or longer than the branched flowering portion. Fruits 1⁄3 in. long, oval, blue-black.
Native of eastern N. America; introduced in 1752. This viburnum is closely akin to V. cassinoides, under which species the distinctions between the two are explained. It is a handsome, shiny-leaved shrub which flowers freely. It has a more southern distribution than V. cassinoides, and does not, apparently, reach into Canada.