Viburnum

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I think I can honestly say I have never met a Viburnum I didn't like - they come from a good family, always look neat and tidy, often smell good and don't crave constant attention. This genus of evergreen and deciduous shrubs are great background performers and should not be overlooked when planning a new garden or refurbishing an existing planting scheme.

Viburnums are tolerant of just about any soil but they are happiest in a rich humus that does not completely dry out in summer. If you choose carefully you can have Viburnums in flower from winter through to the end of summer. The flowers are often sweetly scented and are followed by very attractive ornamental berries. The deciduous varieties have excellent autumn leaf colour. Viburnums can be kept tidy by cutting back any straggly older shoots after flowering. You won't find this an arduous task and if you decide not to do it your Viburnum will still perform well for you.  

Most are frost hardy with the exception of Viburnum odoratissimum "Emerald Lustre" which will only tolerate a light frost. If you do have a frost free area this is a wonderful plant to add a lush tropical look as it has large rounded glossy green foliage with a hint of bronze. Some Viburnums are prone to attack from Thrip in summer, especially Viburnum tinus varieties such as "Eve Price" and "Gwenllian" but this is easily controlled (see care instructions on Rhododendron page) and should not detract from their overall value.  

Viburnums to consider:

Viburnum opulus sterile "Snowball Tree"

Gorgeous globular creamy white "Snowball" flower heads appear throughout spring. Just beautiful in full flower. Flowers look wonderful picked when in bud. Deciduous.  

Viburnum x burkwoodii

This is one of my very favourite flowering shrubs. White flowers open from tight pink buds and, oh, the perfume. Plant to take advantage of the scent. Good autumn colour. Deciduous.



Viburnum tinus Eve Price

Nice compact evergreen shrub which flowers from winter through to spring. The buds are deep carmine pink and open to clusters of blush white flowers. The flowers are followed by blue-black berries which hold well on the plant. The mid green foliage is lush and extremely tolerant of harsh weather conditions, even strong winds. Trims well and can be used as a hedge.


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A compact shrub with quite coarse green foliage, carmine red buds appear in late winter and open to white blooms tinged pink. Flowers are lightly perfumed and followed by dark blue berries. Easy to grow in sun or light shade. Responds well to pruning. Evergreen.

 

Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.3m

Viburnum Eve Price

Current Stock Height: 30 cm

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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A compact shrub with quite coarse green foliage, carmine pink buds appear in late winter and open to white blooms tinged pink. Flowers are lightly perfumed and followed by dark blue berries. Easy to grow in sun or light shade. Responds well to pruning. Evergreen. RHS AGM.

 

Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.3m

Viburnum Gwenllian

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Add some softness to your spring garden with this delightful deciduous Viburnum. Tiered layers of branches are draped with white, lacy florets in late spring. The fresh green foliage has an oval shape and is attractively serrated. Quite easy to grow and tolerant of most conditions. Hardy.

 

Colour: White / Cream
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Viburnum Lanarth

Current Stock Height: 20/35 cm  ? 

Container: 4.5l  ? 

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Huge rounded trusses of white 'snowball' flowers open from green buds in early summer. The dark leathery summer foliage as red and yellow autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Happy in sun or part shade and hardy to most conditions except hot dry wind. Lovely background shrub. Deciduous.

In milder climates this large shrub is sometimes semi-evergreen i.e. not all the leaves fall in winter.

 

Colour: White / Green
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m

Viburnum Macrocephalum

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 6l  ? 

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A beautiful shrub with mid green pointed leaves with serrated edges that lay in tiers along the branches. The large, creamy white flowers open out in the spring and smother the bush in beautiful bloom. Small red berries that turn black follow the flowers. Plant in sun or part shade. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White / Cream
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2.5m

Viburnum Mariesii

Current Stock Height: 40/50 cm  ? 

Container: 4.5l  ? 

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An outstanding new pink flowering selection which is special as it is consistently pink, where other varieties often bleach out to white. Flat topped lace caps amid tiered horizontal branches. It is an excellent rebloomer, providing an exceptional autumn floral display. Broad handsome green foliage. Deciduous

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 3m

Viburnum Molly Schroeder

Current Stock Height: 40/60cm  ? 

Container: 4.5l  ? 

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'Pink Beauty' is a spreading medium-sized deciduous shrub with ovate, attractively veined leaves turning purplish in autumn, and flat, lacecap heads of creamy-white flowers ageing to pink, sometimes followed by red, later black, berries. Deciduous

 

Colour: White / Pink
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Viburnum Pink Beauty

Current Stock Height: 25/50cm  ? 

Container: 4.5l  ? 

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This delightful deciduous shrub has interesting textured leaves and an abundance of pretty white flower clusters throughout the summer that are followed by red berries. Hardy and tolerant of most conditions but prefers afternoon shade.

If you wish to prune your 'Summer Snowflake' it is best done after flowering though this may reduce the amount of berries. Lovely background shrub and fabulous in a group of 3 or more.

 

Colour: White / Cream
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m

Viburnum Summer Snowflake

Current Stock Height: 40/60cm  ? 

Container: 4.5l  ? 

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It all starts in spring with creamy white flower heads. These are followed by bright red berries that hold well into winter after leaf fall. The fresh green leaves are attractively lobed and colour exceptionally well in autumn. All together an excellent, highly ornamental shrub. Deciduous.

 

Colour: Cream / White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Viburnum trilobum

Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm  ? 

Container: 10l  ? 

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