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Wayfaring Tree

Viburnum lantana

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Adoxaceae (Moschatel)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White, 5 petals. Individual flowers up to 1cm wide. Many-flowered flowerheads up to 10cm across, branched and domed.
Fruit:
Clusters of red and black berries.
Leaves:
A deciduous shrub. Simple leaves that are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems. The leaves are roundish and with prominent teeth.
Maximum Size:
6 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The berries can be eaten, either raw or cooked but should only be eaten in small quantities since the low levels of toxins present may possibly cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Fragrant flowers.
Other Names:
Common Wayfaring Tree, Cotton Tree, Coven Tree, Lithy Tree, Mealy Tree, The Cottoner, Twistwood, Wayfarer, Wayfaring Bush, Wayfaring Shrub, Wayfaring Viburnum.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, scrub, woodland.