Common name: Sweet Viburnum
Viburnum odoratissimum Ker Gawl. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 10 m high; bark grayish-brown with small lenticels.
Leaves intense green, lustrous and leathery, elliptic to oblong to obovate, sometimes semiorbicular, 7–20 cm long, 4–9 cm wide, subentire or irregularly serrate, apex shortly acute and mucronate.
Flowers appearing after leaves; inflorescences pyramidal, terminal or at apices of short lateral branchlets; flowers fragrant, sessile or shortly pedicillate, corolla white aging to yellow-white (sometimes reddish), 7 cm diam.; calyx tubular-campanulate 1.5–4 mm long.
Fruits initially red, maturing to black, ovoid or ovoid-ellipsoid, 8 mm long, 5–6 mm wide.
Distribution and occurrence: Native to China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Cultivated widely globally.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Currently recorded on the north coast as naturalised. It is probable that it has escaped in other areas as well.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of China Vol. 19 Page 571, 585, 589
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