Viburnum - Viburnum

Viburnum - Viburnum

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The viburnum genus includes about two hundred species of shrubs of various sizes, deciduous or evergreen, originating in Asia and Europe; very common in the gardens due to the ease of cultivation, they generally have a rounded or erect shape and reach 3-4 meters in height over a few years. The foliage is oval or lanceolate, usually coriaceous, smooth or rough, depending on the species, of dark green color. The stems are very branched, and also withstand drastic prunings, to keep the shrub more compact. Deciduous species bloom in spring, most evergreen species bloom in autumn or spring. Almost all the numerous species of viburnum they produce decorative berries, which remain on the plant for a long time. The flowers of viburnum they are gathered in characteristic umbrella-like racemes, and so are berries. In some cases the racemes are globose, as in V. opulus.

Viburnum acerifolium

The viburnum acerifolium is a deciduous shrub, rustic, with erect branches, that reaches the meter and a half of height. Leaves with three lobes, which become orange at first and then purple in autumn. It has cream-white flowers at the end of summer and red-black, very decorative fruits.

Viburnum betulifolium

The viburnum betulifolium is a deciduous tree, rustic, with erect branches, which reaches four meters in height. Leaves ovate, toothed at the edges, dark green. White flowers in early summer. In autumn, very decorative red fruits are formed.

Viburnum dilatatum

Among the many varieties of viburnum we also find v. dilatatum that looks like an evergreen shrub with a deciduous, compact habit, with a development of dark green oval leaves. This particular variety originates in Japan.
This type of viburnum reaches three meters in height and two meters in diameter.
This variety has a bouquet of white flowers that know the maximum development between spring and summer. In autumn, very decorative bright red fruits are formed on the plant, making it a very ornamental type of plant and ideal for embellishing gardens and parks.

Viburnum fragrans

The fragrans variety appears as a deciduous, rustic shrub with erect branches, which reaches three meters in height. The leaves of this variety are oval, toothed, pointed at the apex of dark green color with orange nuances. This type of plant produces bunches of white flowers, very fragrant, at the end of autumn and in winter.

Viburnum grandiflorum

The grandiflorum variety is a deciduous shrub that can reach two to three meters in height. It has oblong leaves, medium green, toothed at the edges, which in autumn become deep purple. From the end of winter to spring it produces very fragrant tubular flowers.

Viburnum opulus

Viburnum opulus is a deciduous shrub, compact, with dark green oval leaves, reaching four meters in height and three meters in diameter. Presents white flowers in bunches between spring and summer, very fragrant. In autumn bright red fruits are formed, very decorative.

Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Evergreen tree with dark green oval leaves, reaching six meters in height and two meters in diameter. White flowers in bunches in May June. In autumn, very decorative bright red fruits are formed, which then become black.

Viburnum tinus

The variety tinus is an evergreen shrub, compact, with dark green oval leaves, reaching three meters in height and two meters in diameter. Rustic. Presents white flowers in bunches in winter and spring. In autumn dark blue fruits are formed.

Cultivation techniques

These shrubs are vigorous and give little trouble to gardeners; they prefer sunny, or partially shady locations, and do not fear the cold. The very early flowering species settle in a place sheltered from the wind, to prevent any late frost from ruining the buds. They are also used as hedge plants.


THE viburnum they do not need regular pruning. Sometimes you can intervene to thin out too dense plants by cutting off old branches. The ideal period for this type of intervention is the one just after flowering. However, winter flowering species must be pruned in spring.


The technique that guarantees the best results for the multiplication of these shrubs is undoubtedly the cutting. For deciduous species it is preferable to use semi-woody cuttings, to be taken in June July. For evergreen species, instead, use cuttings of mature wood. In both cases use an equal amount of peat and sand substrate. They get spoiled when they are well rooted.


These shrubs are satisfied with the rains, but it may be necessary to intervene with abundant watering in case of very prolonged periods of drought, especially in spring or autumn. In autumn or late winter it is advisable to bury well-ripe organic fertilizer at the foot of the shrubs, to ensure the necessary nourishment.

Viburnum - Viburnum: Hedges of viburnum

As many gardeners know, viburnum is an ideal plant for making hedges and the reasons are many. On the one hand it is a plant capable of offering a thick barrier of branches and leaves, capable of giving a remarkable privacy effect in any garden that is planted but not only. Viburnum, in many of its varieties, produces appetite berries to the birds which therefore provide an important source of livelihood for the local bird life, helping their development and growth.
In addition to this, the viburnum is a plant that in spring gives very intense blooms, with very abundant flowers which, although generally not very durable, give a lively hedge color and a very particular scent. There are over 200 species of viburnum among which it is possible to choose the one suitable for your garden based on the size, the color of the flowers and the persistence of the leaves.