Viburnum betulifolium is a strong growing deciduous shrub. It is laden with bright red berries, ideal bird food. The shiny surface must act as a visual deterrent as most are uneaten. These remain on the plant late into the winter; only rarely do I see birds pecking away at the berries. It could be that they are waiting for the conversion of the starch content to sugar to make them more palatable.
A vigorous plant sending out from its base sturdy shoots. These easily reach 2.5m in length forming thickets in secondary forest where they are found in Yunnan Province, China.