Dec. 28, 2019

European highbush-cranberry, Viburnum opulus

If you look in the album, you can find another image very, very much like this. That's American highbush-cranberry. The two are so much alike, many would lump them together as one species, V. opulus. The fruit is bright red and lingers far into winter. It seems even birds lump them together and save them until the last desperate days of the hunger season. They are extremely sour. It's said that American fruit is much less sour, but I haven't tested it. European highbush-cranberry has been found in CT, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 5/30/11. Moschatel family, Adoxaceae.