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Viburnum odoratissimum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num oh-dor-uh-TISS-ee-mum
Description

Sweet Viburnum is an Asian evergreen shrub that can be grown as a shrub or small tree. In the northern edge of its zone, it may be semi-evergreen to deciduous. Large, leathery, dark green, glossy leaves and clusters of extremely fragrant, small, white flowers, completely covering the plant in springtime, make this plant a desirable landscape shrub. It will grow up to 20 feet tall and wide and prefers full sun with some afternoon shade. It is moderately drought tolerant once established.

Plant in moist well-drained soils in sun to partial shade as a foundation plant, in hedges or borders or open woodland sites of large yards or public places. Make sure you have enough room for this large shrub as over-pruning will make it leggy and unattractive.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var awabuki
var awabuki
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#small tree#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#shrub#hedges#large shrub#foundation planting#fruits fall#screening#partial shade tolerant#woodland garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var awabuki
var awabuki
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#small tree#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#shrub#hedges#large shrub#foundation planting#fruits fall#screening#partial shade tolerant#woodland garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    odoratissimum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    India, Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies attracted to flowers
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    1/4 inch red to black drupes. Non-showy and little wildlife value
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Description:
    Fragrant, small, funnel-shaped white flowers, which bloom in conical terminal panicles.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Large, leathery, opposite 4-8 inches long and 2-4 inches wide olive green leaves with entire margins or a few teeth and pinnate venation. No fall color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Description:
    The bark is thin and easily damaged from mechanical impact.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought