Viburnum farreri

The scent of this erect, twiggy shrub fills the air.
A deciduous species, Viburnum farreri bears its flowers during the long winter months, when it provides a welcome splash of colour. The pink-tinged, tubular flowers are borne in terminal clusters, and while individual flowers may be scorched by frosts, flowering will persist through the harshest of conditions. These are followed by bright red fruits. One of several winter flowering Viburnums, this one is a native of northern China. It was first introduced into cultivation by William Purdom in the early 1900's having first been noted in 1835. It is named after the plant collector Reginald Farrer, who in 'On the Eaves of the World' wrote of it as being 'this most glorious of shrubs.'
Image ID 03590

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