Viburnum opulus, or red

Large shrub 1.5-3 m branches with grayish-brown fissured bark. The leaves are opposite, rounded or ovate, up to 10 cm, three to five-lobed (rarely almost entire), with petioles. The flowers are white, gathered in spectacular corymbose inflorescence. Marginal flowers in each inflorescence fruit, with large corollas rotate up to 2.5 cm in diameter with five unequal lobes, median — fertile, with smaller campanulate corolla diameter of 0.5 cm stamens with yellow anthers, longer corolla 1.5 times . The fruits are bright red, ovoid or globose drupe up to 1 cm in diameter, with an almost round-seeded stones. Blooms in May and June, fruits ripen in August sentyabre.Evraziatsky look. In Russia grows in the European part of the North Caucasus, Western Siberia. In Central Russia met in all areas.

It grows in moist rather mixed and deciduous forests, on their edges, clearings, forest ravines, along the banks of water bodies. For its beautiful blossoms and fruit are cultivated as an ornamental in gardens and parks, offer a few decorative shapes (variegated, with different colored fruits, etc.), the most interesting shapes with spherical inflorescences, in which all the flowers sterile, rather large, dubbed " Buldenezh "-" snow ball. "

The ancient medicinal plant. Drug from the bark is used as an effective hemostatic agent for uterine bleeding and painful menstruation. Viburnum fruits contain significant amounts of ascorbic acid, carotene, vitamin E, so they consume for the prevention and treatment of hypovitaminosis. It is very useful to prepare a paste of pounded (or minced), fresh fruit cranberry, mixed with lots of sugar, the safety of ascorbic acid in this product is very high.

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