Viburnum

Native to North America

A member of the Honeysuckle family, the Viburnum comes in around one hundred and fifty species. This popular flowering shrub has graced gardens in nearly every climate and soil type. There is certain to be a type of Viburnum that appeals to nearly every gardener as the Viburnum has many different leaf shapes, flower types, and berry colors. Shrubs can grow from two feet to thirty feet in height. Using the taller types of Viburnum as screen shrubs works well in many gardens while the shorter, or more compact, varieties work well when plated closer to dwellings. There is a wide range of viburnum foliage. It can be lance-shaped or toothed, rounded, velvety and smooth or rough. There are also evergreen and semi-evergreen foliage types as well as a range of deciduous types that produce brilliant fall colors for the garden.

These attractive and hardy plants have fragrant flowers and berries that make them a good choice. There is literally a species for every garden type and size. The flowers are primarily white, and the berries can be a striking red in color or they can be blue, yellow or black. These berries, which come in clusters, are often very attractive to birds. In cooler climates, the scrubs are evergreen and, in warmer climates, they become deciduous. Viburnum blooms in early spring and throughout the summer. Then, in fall, the berries become the main attraction. The Viburnum is native to North America, but its location range includes South America and parts of Asia.

Growing Recommendations - Viburnum

Viburnum is popular with gardeners and landscapers because it is so forgiving when it comes to growing conditions. Most varieties of Viburnum sold cannotbe started from seed but, instead, must be planted from potted plants that are obtained at a nursery. These shrubs can become tree-like when properly pruned, but generally they are used as full shrubbery in borders. Viburnum can also be grown in pots out on the patio. When trimmed, Viburnum makes a lovely hedge. Plant Viburnum in sun, in shade, or in a combination where they will get both sun and shade throughout the day. The Viburnum is not especially picky about soil conditions either. They enjoy moderately fertilized and moist soil. This shrub rarely suffers from disease and is not often disturbed by any type of pests, which makes it especially attractive to the gardener. It is also drought tolerant and grows well regardless of conditions, making it an all-around low-maintenance addition to any garden.

Photos of Viburnum

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