Viburnum vulgaris belongs to the honeysuckle family and is a tree-like shrub with a brownish-gray bark, reaching a height of up to 4 meters. Usually flowers are located at the very tops of young branches.
The fruit of the common viburnum is a bright red juicy berry of a spherical irregular shape with one heart-shaped bone, which occupies the main part of the fruit. The pulp of the berry is very juicy, the taste is bitter-sour, slightly tart. The number of fruits per cluster reaches approximately 80-100 berries. The plant blooms in the period May-July, the fruits ripen at the end of August-September and the berries remain strong and resistant on the branches until the first frost.
After freezing, the fruits lose their astringency and bitter taste. Viburnum bears fruit annually since 3 years of age. Reproduction is possible by means of seeds and layering.
The natural habitat of the common viburnum is deciduous forests.
Among the Slavic peoples, viburnum was recognized as a symbol of beauty, happiness and love. The plant has a countless number of all kinds of positive properties: it is enriched with vitamins and useful microelements, has a diuretic effect, improves heart function and much more. It has long been actively used in folk medicine.