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Viburnum Genus

Viburnum

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Viburnum genus. These are deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen shrubs and trees, consisting of about 150 species. They are known for their showy flowers and colourful berries which are most prolific when several plants of different colours are planted together.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Semi-evergreens or Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Arrow wood, Wayfaring tree

Origin

S America, S.E.Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, autumn colour (in many deciduous species), flowers and, often fruits. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will grow in sun or semi-shade in deep, fertile not too dry soil. To thin out overgrown plants cut out some older shoots after flowering.

Propagation

Propagate by simple layering in the autumn, by cuttings (softwood for deciduous species, semi-ripe for evergreens) in summer, hardwood cuttings in the winter or by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

All are prone to honey fungus and leaf spot. Aphids and viburnum beetles may be a problem.

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