It is a genus of plants belonging to the Caprifoliaceae family that originates in Europe, America and Asia. It is a plant that can have arboreal behavior even with dimensions of 10 meters high or shrubby with maximum dimensions of 5 meters high.
The foliage of these shrubs can be both deciduous and evergreen, but always very ornamental with a dark green color. The shape of the leaves is lanceolate, both smooth and wrinkled, with a very leathery consistency. It has white colored blooms grouped together in an umbrella shape and autumn fruits, which remain on the plant for a long time, red colored. The stem of this genus of plant has a ramification-rich bearing. The deciduous species are able to bloom in spring, the evergreen ones in autumn or spring.
There are many species of viburnum, however some varieties are more cultivated due to their particular characteristics. The Viburnum acerifolium is a deciduous shrub, which has erect branches and could reach the height of one and a half meters. The leaves are orange in spring and summer and turn purple in autumn. The flowers bloom in late summer and have a white color, while the fruits have a red-black color. Viburnum betulifolium is a deciduous tree that could reach four meters in height and has oval-shaped leaves, with indentation on the margin and a dark green color. Flowering occurs in early summer with white colored flowers. The fruits have a reddish color.