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A deciduous shrub of erect habit up to 6 ft high; branches slender, covered with pale brown down when young. Leaves oval-ovate or somewhat obovate, wedge-shaped or rounded at the base, pointed; 11⁄2 to 31⁄2 in. long, 1 to 2 in. wide; sharply toothed, stellately downy on both surfaces, especially beneath; stalks 1⁄4 in. or less long. Flowers white, 1⁄6 in. across, produced in May in rather loose, slender, scurfy-stalked, usually five-branched cymes, 2 to 31⁄2 in. across; stamens rather longer than the corolla. Fruits red, roundish-ovoid, 1⁄4 in. long.
Native of Japan and China; introduced by Fortune from China in 1844, later by Maries and by Sargent from Japan. It was cultivated for some years in the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Chiswick, but never seems to have secured a permanent place in gardens. It is, perhaps, not perfectly hardy. Among the red-fruited viburnums this species is marked by the stalks of the leaves being so short.
V. erosum var. ichangense Hemsl