(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen)

Viburnums are some of the most useful garden shrubs. They are not difficult to grow and many have fragrant white flowers, some of them flowering in the winter. Plant in a good, moist, garden soil in September, October or April.

Among the winter-flowering kinds are: Viburnum bodnantense (D), 10 ft., clusters of fragrant pink flowers.

V.    fragrans (D), 6 to 9 ft., a sweetly-scented kind with small clusters of pinkish flowers on the ends of the shoots from November onward. It is worth seeing this in flower before buying, as some strains flower less well than others.

V.    tinus (laurustinus) (E), 8 ft. or more eventually, bears 4-in. wide clusters of pink-budded, white flowers throughout the winter. Sometimes used for hedging.

Among the best of the spring- and early summer-flowering kinds are:

V.    carlesii (D), 5 to 6 ft., rounded clusters of fragrant white flowers.

The flowers of cultivated Guelder rose (Viburn...

The flowers of cultivated Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus). Moscow region, Russia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

V.    opulus (guelder rose) (D), 12 ft., white flowers and succulent orange and red berries. Leaves colour well in autumn.

V.o. Sterile (snowball bush) (D), 12 to 15 ft., bears large, globular heads of greenish-white flowers but no berries.

V.    tomentosum mariesii (D), 8 to 10 ft., one of the finest viburnums, makes a widespread bush with branches arranged in tiers and held almost horizontally, along which are borne the flat heads of white flowers in June. The fertile inner florets are surrounded by conspicuous, flat, sterile florets.

06. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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