About This Plant

The wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana) is a deciduous shrub native to Europe and Asia. It features creamy-white flowers and clusters of red berries that turn black. This shrub has historical significance as a wayfinding marker, serves as an ornamental plant in gardens, attracts wildlife, and has traditional herbal uses.

The Story


The leaves are opposite, simple, and have a broadly ovate to elliptic shape. They are dark green during the growing season, turning to shades of red or purple in the fall.


The flowers are arranged in flat-topped cymes. Creamy white flowers with a hint of pink appear in late spring to early summer, attracting pollinators. The flowers give way to clusters of red to black berries in late summer to early fall and are often attractive to birds.
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