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Good luck finding a more diverse group of shrubs for the garden. Viburnums offer something for everyone. Whether you plant them for their colorful berries, showy flowers, wonderful fragrance, or brilliant foliage and stem color, viburnum options are seemingly endless.
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From 3 to 20 feet
3 to 12 feet wide, depending on type
Diverse Blooms, Foliage, and Berries
Viburnum bloom time can vary from early spring to mid-late summer. Bloom shapes and sizes are also unpredictable. Some varieties, like Doublefile, have layered blooms. Snowball bush viburnum is the most common viburnum variety. Many early-blooming varieties also have a lovely fragrance. The Korean spice viburnum is noted in particular for its spicy smell.
Viburnum foliage is typically oval, with leaves coming to a point. Doublefile viburnum has pronounced veining. Cranberry bush viburnum is one of the few that has lobed leaves.
Most viburnums have wonderful berries to top off the nice flowers and foliage. A few, like the arrowhead viburnum, are grown for their bright blue berries in the fall. Cranberry bush viburnum have bright berries that resemble cranberries. Viburnum berries can range from red, pink, blue, purple, and even black.
Viburnum Care Must-Knows
As diverse as viburnum is, site requirements don't vary much. Generally, full sun is best for the finest show of blooms, berries, and fall color. Some thick-leaf varieties, however, can tolerate shade. In the shade, be mindful of foliar diseases like black spot. Viburnums also prefer to stay dry. If you need to prune your viburnums, do it immediately after flowering—waiting too long can sacrifice some of next year's blooms.