Garden Guide: Viburnum

May 5, 2014

Every time I think of viburnum, I think of the backyard of our old house. The first spring we spent in the house, I was just starting to pay attention to gardening, and my elderly neighbor had a few gorgeous plants in her backyard. She’d let everything grow and grow, so it was a wild and lovely garden. She had this one hydrangea that was so tall I could barely reach the blooms. I thought it was a shame she let her hydrangea get so overgrown! I didn’t even know they’d get that big! So… I trimmed it back for her. So nice of me, I thought. Well, a few months later I realized hydrangeas don’t grow that big and that plant I’d so nicely trimmed back was a beautiful snowball viburnum. Oops. Now I laugh every time I see a huge viburnum.

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Sun:  Viburnum likes the sun, and can tolerate a little shade.
Soil:  Well-drained soil is preferred though some varieties like wet soil.
Water:  Water if there’s not much rainfall. These are pretty easy-going plants!
Prune:  Prune after late spring blooming to keep shape, but deadhead spent blooms and remove dead branches anytime.
Size:
 These guys can grow up to 13 feet wide! Depends on the species though, little ones will stay around 5 feet wide. 

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2 thoughts on “Garden Guide: Viburnum

  1. beverly

    The greatest lessons I’ve learned in the plant world have been from my mistakes. You’re finding that also to be true. ; )

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