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Fragrant Viburnum (tree form)

Viburnum x carlcephalum '(tree form)'

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Fragrant Viburnum (tree form) (Viburnum x carlcephalum '(tree form)') at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Fragrant Viburnum (tree form) flowers

Fragrant Viburnum (tree form) flowers

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Description:

A spectacularly fragrant garden accent, featuring intoxicating ball-shaped clusters of pinkish-white flowers in spring, plant where the fragrance can be enjoyed, a tree form of the species, prune to maintain shape

Ornamental Features

Fragrant Viburnum (tree form) features showy balls of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The round leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The black fruits are held in clusters from late summer to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Fragrant Viburnum (tree form) is an open deciduous dwarf tree with a strong central leader and an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance dwarf tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fragrant Viburnum (tree form) is ideal for use as a garden accent or patio feature, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fragrant Viburnum (tree form) will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This dwarf tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features