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VIBURNUM x bodnantense

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Jessie Keith

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

VIBURNUM x bodnantense

Plant Common Name

Bodnant Viburnum

General Description

Perfuming the winter garden with its clusters of pale pink flowers, this medium-sized to large deciduous shrub is a hybrid of the Asian natives Viburnum grandiflorum and V. farreri. Borne in dense domed heads, the small tubular flowers open from rose-pink buds from late fall to early spring in mild climates, and in late winter and early spring in colder regions. The spring flowers are often darker in shade than the fall blooms. Somewhat lanky when young, the upright plants have paired narrowly lance-shaped mid-green leaves which go reddish in fall. Several cultivars of this hybrid are available, including 'Dawn' and the somewhat paler flowered 'Deben'.

This adaptable shrub does well in almost an well-drained soil in full or partial sun. Remarkably hardy, it performs well in areas such as the southern New England coast. It works well in a mixed border or shrub planting or as an individual specimen. Plant it near an entry, path, or other location where its fragrant flowers may charm and entice passers-by. It makes a wonderful cutflower for winter bouquets.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    7'-10' / 2.1m - 3.0m

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No