Viburnum lantana Caprifoliaceae
Wayfaringtree Viburnum vi-BER-num lan-TA-na
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m), stout spreading branches, rounded, naked buds.
Leaves opposite, simple, leathery, ovate to oblong-ovate, 5-13 cm long, uniform serrations, dark green,
wrinkled above, tomentose (dense woolly) below; sometime purplish-red fall color. In spring
(April), small creamy flowers in 7.5-13 cm wide, flat-topped clusters (cymes), have a "crataegus"
odor (not pleasant). Fruit 8 mm long, red, maturing to black, attract birds.
- Sun to part shade, prefers well-drained, loamy soils, tolerates calcareous and dry soils better than
other viburnums. Fibrous rooted. Birds will (possibly) consume the black raisin fruit.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (3) 4 Native to Europe, including Britain, and
- Wayfaringtree: apparently a tree for the wayfarer, i.e., traveler, V. lantana was common
along waysides. However, John Parkinson (Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris, 1629,
a classic work of the English garden) stated that "no travaier doth take either pleasure or profit by it,
more then by any other of the hedge trees." So much for the "accuracy" of common names.
- Caution: Lantana can be weedy or invasive. It has become naturalized in
several states and reported invasive in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: two large plants just west of the south entrance to Callahan dorm.