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Kelways Guide to Viburnums

Viburnums are incredibly versatile shrubs and generally very easy to grow and maintain. With over 200 species of evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous varieties there are a huge number to choose from, and whilst this might sound a bit daunting, you can be sure of finding one that will suit your garden. Our guide here offers some simple hints and tips on how to care for them as well as offering some examples of some of the best Viburnums available.

Best grown in sun or partial shade they are happy in almost any soil with many varieties producing some incredibly fragrant flowers.

Viburnums can be pruned to maintain their desired shape. this should be done after they have flowered.

When planting Viburnums, a sprinkling of Bone Meal in the planting hole or Microrrhizal Fungi will benefit its root development. After flowering / pruning, add a good mulch of well rotted compost or manure.


Some of our favourite varieties

Viburnum tinus 'Ladybird' 

A particularly floriferous variety, this compact evergreen shrub has shiny dark green foliage and produces large clusters of tiny, pinky-white flowers opening from pinky red buds.

Viburnum davidii 

A compact evergreen shrub which makes for a useful groundcover plant in sun or partial shade. It produces flattened heads of white flowers in May which occasionally may be followed by metallic blue fruits on female plants but only if there is a male plant nearby. Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee which sex each of plants are. Viburnum davidii has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' 

A deciduous variety growing up to 3m in height with dark green leaves which are bronze when young. It produces incredibly fragrant tubular pink and white flowers from late autumn until early spring on bare stems. A real gem of the winter garden. Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii' 

Commonly known as Japanese Snowball, this large, deciduous shrub produces widely-spreading, tiered branches with prominently veined dark green leaves, turning purple in autumn. In late spring it displays a mass of large, lacecap heads of white flowers.

Viburnum x burkwoodii

A semi-evergreen shrub with dark green leaves producing domes of wonderfully scented white flowers in spring. As a young plant, it may behave more as a deciduous shrub until it has matured where it is usually evergreen.