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Sweet viburnum

Viburnum sinensis

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Sweet viburnum is an evergreen shrub that grows to be quite tall and is a much desired addition to any garden due to its aromatic leaves and fragrant flowers. Suitable for most climates, this is a gratifying shrub to use as a hedge, due to its fast growth rate and the beautiful springtime fragrance. Not only is this ornamental plant aesthetically pleasing, but also versatile and rarely bothered by pests or disease. Often used as hedge, screen or noise buffer between neighborhoods or highways, it creates a sense of privacy and intimacy in any garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick branches to use as greenery in flower arrangements.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take softwood cuttings (stem or tip) when a 15 cm terminal branch snaps when bent, which is usually in summer.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
Pot plant
Good plant for large outdoor containers given enough drainage holes.
Hedge plant
Large shrub can be planted as a hedge, screen or windbreak.
Attracts birds
Fruit eating or nectar-seeking birds are attracted.
Drought resistant
Relatively drought tolerant once well established, drought does however impact whether the plant blooms or not.

Geography

Origin
China
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
A popular choice for a fast growing hedge due it’s beautiful, green foliage and pretty, small white flowers. The leaves are big and thick. It also makes a beautiful garden bed plant.

Personality

Family
Adoxaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally problem free.

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