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Flowering Trees, Bushes and Shrubs of Sleepy Hollow Lake
Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides or Viburnum alnifilium)

(Hobblebush - 01)  The hobblebush is an unusual flowering bush with two kinds of flowers: an inner circle of small flowers surrounded by larger flowers.  The hobblebush is a member of the Honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 02)  The flower heads of the hobblebush grow up to five inches in diameter.  The height of the hobblebush can vary from five to six feet (2 meters).  The flowers bloom from May to July, depending on location.

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 02a)  The outer showy flowers of the hobblebush are sterile.  Each has five petals.  The four larger petals are toward the outside of the bloom, and a tiny fifth petal faces toward the inner circle of small flowers.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 03)  This photo gives us a closer look at the numerous flowers that make up the center circle of the hobblebush flower head.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 03a)  This is a bee's eye view of some of the small inner flowers of the hobblebush.  Each flower has five petals, five stamens, and one pistil, which is shorter than the stamens.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 04)  This photo gives us a better look at the hobblebush leaves.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 04a)  This photo gives us a closer look at the hobblebush leaf: its stem, veining, cell structure, and saw-toothed edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 05)  This is another look at a branch of a hobblebush, a native North American bush.  As we looked at these flowers, we couldn't help but think that this was one of God's "fun" creations.

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 06)  This is a photo of the hobblebush just as the outer sterile outer flowers are beginning to open.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 06a)  This is a closer look at the hobblebush flower buds.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 07)  This is another look at a budding hobblebush.

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 07a)  We can better see the structure of the hobblebush bloom in this single flower bud cluster.  The bloom is composed of five branches with a sterile flower at the end of each branch, and clusters of fertile flowers along each branch.

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 08)  This is another look at a hobblebush double bloom, which is quite common.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 08a)  This is a close up look at some of the hobblebush flower buds.  As we can see, the outer sterile flowers open before the central fertile flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 09)  In this side view of the hobblebush, we have a better look at the budding flower stalks with their branches.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 09a)  In this photo, we have a closer look at one of the hobblebush's leaves and budding flower stalks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 09b)  This is another side view look at the hobblebush's leaves and budding flower stalks.  The deep veining and saw-toothed edges of the leaves makes this bush easy to distinguish even when it is not in bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 10)  This is another look at a budding hobblebush.

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 11)  This is another look at the budding hobblebush.

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 12)  This is a semi-top view of a budding hobblebush.

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 12a)  This is another view of a budding hobblebush bloom.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 13)  Notice the way this hobblebush has extended its branches to capture as much of the sunlight as possible.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 13a)  In this photo, we have a closer look at the extended branches of the hobblebush.

 

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 14)  The hobblebush flower buds are beginning to bloom, with the outer sterile flowers opening first and with a hint of white beginning to show in the buds of the inner fertile flowers.

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 14a)  This is a closer look at the flowers of the hobblebush as the buds begin to open.  As we can see the lower left of the photo, some of God's little folk recently came to dine on the leaves.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 15)  This is another look at the bloom of the hobblebush as it begins to open.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 15a)  This is a closer look at the opening hobblebush bloom.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 16)  This is another hobblebush flower cluster that is beginning to open.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 16a)  This is a close up view of a hobblebush bloom with the outer sterile outer flowers nearly fully open, and the inner fertile flowers just beginning to open.

 

 

 

 

(Hobblebush - 17)  This hobblebush was growing along the side of the road amidst a tangle of other other trees, bushes, and dead branches.

 

 

 

 

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