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VIBURNUM x burkwoodii

Image of Viburnum x burkwoodii

James H. Schutte

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

VIBURNUM x burkwoodii

Plant Common Name

Burkwood Viburnum

General Description

Inheriting the spicily fragrant flower clusters of Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) and the lustrous dark foliage of V. utile, this versatile, medium-sized, rather open shrub provides nearly year-round ornamental interest. Borne in tennis-ball-sized clusters, the light pink buds open to white tubular flowers in spring (or in late winter in mild climates), attracting bees and early butterflies. The flowers may be followed by a scattering of red berries that ripen black in late summer. Nearly evergreen in milder districts, the narrowly oval, weakly toothed leaves have gray felting underneath. In cold climates they turn burgundy before falling in autumn.

Plant this hardy, adaptable shrub in moist, fertile, acidic to slightly alkaline soil with good drainage. Plants are fullest and most floriferous in sun. It works well in the mixed border or foundation planting. Cultivar 'Mohawk' is known for its showy red flowerbuds and great fall color.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No