Viburnum fragrans China, 1915

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 10, 2015

Flowering branch

Viburnum fragrans China, 1915

Viburnum fragrans China, 1915

Viburnum fragrans. Peking, China. Flowering branch of an uncommon species of snowball. The shrub, which grows to the height of 7-8 feet is much sued for forcing when dwarfed and trained into flat shape. It has only been obtainable in Peking by the general public since the Empress Dowager passed away, before that it was only found in the palace garden. April 26, 1915. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Viburnum fragrans China

[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Flowering branch
Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918)
Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China
April 26, 1915

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog.

The Arnold Arboretum grows nearly 200 viburnums, largely clustered near the Centre Street Gate. Viburnums are shrubs admired for their attractive foliage, and many species produce showy and sometimes fragrant white flowers in spring. Flowers give way to blue, black, red, or yellow fall fruits (or drupes), which provide food for birds and other wildlife. Learn more about viburnums in our Visitor Center this month, and at our Collections Up Close event on September 27 from 1-3pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Also see more recent images of viburnum in our Plant Image Database.

Many thousands more Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, details on the life and travels of Frank Nicholas Meyer, and of other plant explorers are available in our Image Collection.

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Frank N. Meyer (1875-1918) papers, 1906-1914.

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