Magazine article Sunset

For a Hedge, for Fragrant Flowers, for Leathery Leaves ... These Viburnums

Magazine article Sunset

For a Hedge, for Fragrant Flowers, for Leathery Leaves ... These Viburnums

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For a versatile large shrub or small tree, consider an evergreen viburnum. Fall is a prime time to plant.

One of the most popular is Viburnum tinus, pictured above. Its dense habit makes it a good choice for small gradens as a hedge, screen, or container plant. Another widely sold variety is leatherleaf viburnum (V. rhytidophyllum). Its rangier habit makes it better suited for big gardens as a screen, espalier, or single showoff plant.

Plants of V. tinus reach 6 to 12 feet tall; leaves are an attractive deep green with wine red veins on their undersides. In summer, blue-black berries follow flowers, often overlapping blooms.

V. tinus is also available in dwarf forms, including 'Compactum', which stays under 6 feet tall. V. tinus 'Spring Bouquet' is nearly identical, but has glossy green leaves that are more mildew resistant, an advantage where cool, humid climates favor that disease.

V. tinus wants to be a multitrunked shrub and fights back if you try to train it as a small tree. But to do so, select a plant with one primary leader and cut off lower branches up to the point where you want it branch out. …

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