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VIBURNUM x juddii

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

VIBURNUM x juddii

Plant Common Name

Judd's Viburnum, Viburnum

General Description

Wafting their sweet spicy fragrance on the spring breeze, the flowers of this hybrid of Viburnum carlesii and V. bitchiuense are a highlight of the early-season garden. This bushy rounded deciduous shrub bears tennis-ball-sized clusters of rosy pink buds that open to small, tubular, pinkish-white blooms. The oval, toothed, slightly grayish green leaves provide a nice foil to the flowers. In autumn the foliage often turns varying shades of burgundy and red, quite brilliant if conditions are right.

Grow Judd's viburnum in a moist, fertile, well-drained, acidic to slightly alkaline soil. Plants are fullest and most floriferous in sun. This shrub is denser and more heat- and pest-resistant than the popular Korean spice viburnum (V. carlesii). Ideal for foundation plantings, informal hedges, or mixed borders, it is best near an entry, path, or other location where its fragrant flowers may charm and entice passers-by.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 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

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy, Dark Red

  • Bark Color

    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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No