Flowering Bushes

In the spring time all the flowering bushes put on a beautiful show for us.  I have a fairly large yard (in city standards) and quite a few trees, shrubs and bushes grow here.  Today, for the first time, I actually sat down to write exactly what I have growing here.  It is quite possible there are still more – but this is what I have currently.

3 Oak Trees, 3 Ash Trees, 2 Elm Trees, 3 Honey Suckle Bushes, 3 Dwarf Burning Bush, 2 Lilacs, 1 Hawthorne (possibly soon to be removed), 1 Mountain Ash, 1 Mock Orange, 1 Plum Tree, 1 Blue Spruce, 1 Viburnum, and 1 mystery.

I took pictures of some of the flowering bushes yesterday.

Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Dwarf Burning Bush
Dwarf Burning Bush
Dwarf Burning Bush
Dwarf Burning Bush
Viburnum
Viburnum
Viburnum
Viburnum
Mystery Bush
Mystery Bush
Mystery Bush
Mystery Bush
Viburnam leaf  (left) and Mystery leaf (right)
Viburnam leaf (left) and Mystery leaf (right)

The flower of the mystery bush is similar, but smaller than the one on the Viburnum, but the leaf is quite different. Anyone know what it is?

Edited June 9, 2014 to add the following.

My detectives are working on the mystery.  First we have Sue from Sue Loves Cherries.  Sue is the one who told me the first bush was a Viburnam and that the 2nd one looked similar enough that it might also be.  She also told me that there are hundreds of Viburnam (she actually said millions).

She sent me to Viburnam experts at Classic Viburnams.

I was looking around the site getting more confused all the time.  There really are a lot of Viburnams and to think that I had never even heard of them until Sue told me that was what my first one was.  I used the contact form on the site to ask if they could look at these pictures and tell me what the bush was.

I was very surprised to get a message back last night (on a Sunday) from Gary at Classic Viburnams asking me to look under the cluster of flowers (inflorescence) at the stems (rays) and count them.  Almost every Viburnam has 7 rays – and if the little one has, it may indicate that it is indeed a Viburnam.

Rays of the Inflorescence
Rays of the Inflorescence

The problem now is that there are 4 rays on each.

This morning I received a phone call from Gary – who is going way above and beyond anything I expected from an email question from someone who is not buying – just looking for information.

Gary is still sure that the larger one is V. lentago and in some instances they can actually have as few as 3 rays – but he still does not know what the smaller one is.  He does know an expert in the field – Michael Dirr and is interested enough in this bush that he may contact him for advice.   There is hope yet that I may find out what I have here.

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4 thoughts on “Flowering Bushes

  1. It looks too much like a Viburnum to discount the species, of which there are “a million” varieties. There’s a site called classicviburnums.com that might be helpful.

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