Origin of the Viburnum
There are around 175 species of Viburnum in the Adoxaceae family, most of them are shrubs. There are many species throughout the season, many have attractive berries on their branches. The Viburnum family is related to the Honeysuckle, this is explaining where the delicious smell of the flowers comes from.
The famous green variant is called Viburnum Roseum. This variant has green and white flowers, this in combination with the shape of the flower heads, gives it the nickname Snowball. Naturally, the substance Salicine occurs in the Snowball, this is a natural painkiller. Aspirin is even based on this substance, which they have chemically imitated. The North American Indians traditionally used Viburnum Roseum as an anticonvulsant for the uterus and with painful bleeding during menstruation.
Viburnum Opulus, also known as Guelder Rose, is one of the National symbols of Ukraine. The shrubs can be found on Ukrainian folklore, songs, art and embroidery. This symbolic roots can be traced to the Slavic paganism of millennia ago. This type of Viburnum is having white flowers and develops red berries after flowering.
Colors, Availability, and Design Suggestions
Each variety has its own season, in fall, winter or spring. The flowers are often green, white or pink, the berries are red or dark blue (Inge). The colorful flowers and berries are a thrill in the winter assortment, extra colors are always welcome!
The species with berries fit perfect in a field or modern bouquet. A fall inspired bouquet? Add the beautiful branches of Viburnum Inge with blue berries. Or design a fresh bouquet with Viburnum, Hyacinthus, Tulipa and Narcissus in spring. For a bohemian look: combine Viburnum with Eryngium, Delphinium, Lisianthus, Rose Avalanche and Salix leaves.
Shop Care Tips
Check the flowers of the Viburnum carefully, especially look for brown spots on the buds. Remove excess leaves and cut the woody stems, cutting underwater is recommended. The Viburnum flowers are delicate and fragile. If the flowers look dry, remove more leaves, then the flowers are getting more energy out of the water. Put the flowers directly on clean water with flower food and store them in the cooler.