#107 Hobble Bush

Hobble Bush (Viburnum lantanoides)

15 June

A perennial shrub of the family Adoxaceae (formerly in the Caprifoliaceae ), growing 2–4 meters (6–12 ft) high with pendulous branches that take root where they touch the ground. This specimen is in the arboretum.

The flowers provide nectar for the Celastrina ladon (Spring Azure) butterfly. Mammals and birds feed on its fruit, twigs, and leaves. The large showy flowers along the edge of the cluster are sterile, while the small inner flowers have both male and female parts.

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