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Common name

English: Snowball Tree

German: Gemeiner Schneeball

Mandarin: 欧洲荚蒾 (ou zhou jia mi)


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2146)

      Order: Dipsacales (33)

        Family: Adoxaceae (9)(family description)

          Genus: Viburnum (4)

            Epithet: opulus L. (1)

Synonyms: Opulus edulis J.S.Presl, Opulus glandulosa Moench., Opulus lobatofolia Gilib., Opulus oxycoccos J.S.Presl, Opulus palustris S.F.Gray, Opulus rosea Schur, Opulus trilobifolia Gilib., Opulus vulgaris Borckh., Viburnum americanum Mill., Viburnum glandulosum Salisb., Viburnum lobatum Lam., Viburnum nanum hort., Viburnum opuloides Muhl., Viburnum opulus M.Gajic, Viburnum oxycoccos Pursh, Viburnum palustre Rafin., Viburnum pinnina Rafin., Viburnum primina Rafin., Viburnum rosaceum hort., Viburnum roseum Steud. (L.)

americanum => from America

edulis => edible

glandulosa => full of glands, glandular

lobatum => divided into or bearing lobes

opulus => refers to lat. opulus for Acer campestre

oxycoccos => sharp (acid) berry

palustre => marshy

palustris => bog, swamp-loving

rosea => rose or pale red-pink coloured

vulgaris => common, everyday


Climate: temperate

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: white

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