It’s no secret that Viburnums are one of my favorite plants of all time. “Versatile Viburnums”, as I like to call them, offer at least three seasons Of interest. There is a variety for almost any conditions of landscape use or growing and no lack of eye candy in style.
This is a genre that will appeal to gardeners all over the country. Their USDA hardiness zones range from 2 to 10, making them a viable plant option in much of North America. With more than 150 species and many varieties, there is definitely a Viburnum that will thrive in your landscape.
In addition to their attractiveness, they are adaptable to a variety of growing conditions, from dense shade (V. acerifolium) to full sun (v. macrocephalum) to wet or dry conditions. For example, V. burkwoodii is a versatile performer with good urban tolerance.
Their shape varies from dense, compact shrubs, about two to three feet tall, to very large, loosely structured shrubs. In fact, some are so big; they look more like small trees about 30 feet tall.
Most Viburnums are Semi-evergreen Deciduous and yet many are evergreen. All Viburnums bloom with their clumps of flowers, mostly creamy-white, but some with pink to reddish overtones.
Some are deliciously fragrant (V. bodnantense, burkwoodii, carlesii or juddii). In fact, their fragrance can be recognized a few meters away and can compete with the finest perfume. On the other hand, the smell is a more appropriate term for some species and The smell of wet and dirty socks in a dressing room would be considered less unpleasant.
Although not all Viburnums bear fruit, for those who do, it can be as attractive as flowers, attracting bright and bright shades of red and blue that ripen to black. In some matter, the berries of different colors are all present simultaneously on the Cluster, which contributes to its visual appeal.
Speaking of attractive, berries are equally attractive to wildlife and a seductive way to attract birds to the garden. It is not uncommon for a Viburnum bush to be cleared of its berries Of wild animals (mainly birds) even before we have time to admire the beauty during this period. Fortunately, the compromise is not so bad.
The autumn color of foliage varieties can be striking and is another valuable reason to add viburnum to your landscape. The colors range from red (V. plicatum tomentosum) to yellow (v. dilatatum) and a combination of these (v. dentatum). Viburnum rufidulum or Rusty Blackhaw offers an autumn color that varies from pink to purple to purple.
The use of the Viburnum landscape is as varied as its species. Some varieties are suitable as shrub borders and mass plantings (v. carlesii), erosion protection (v. lantana), evergreen backgrounds (v. rhytidophyllum) and low-growing base plantings (v. davidii). Whatever landscape challenge you face, a Viburnum may be the answer.
If there is a more versatile and imaginative kind of plants than Viburnum, please let me know. It is as beautiful for all the senses as it is imaginative in the landscape. If I were recommending only one genus to solve a variety of landscape challenges, I can’t imagine a more suitable plant.