Burkwood Viburnum x burkwoodii | Care, Planting Tips and Landscaping Ideas

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Burkwood Viburnum

Burkwood viburnum is easy to grow. The dark green leaves form a lovely backdrop for the rounded clusters of pinkish-white flowers in early spring. The flowers will grace the garden with fragrance.

The plant is semi-evergreen, so while some leaves will turn in the fall, the rest remain green. Berries replace the flowers, turning from red to black when ripe.

The plant needs space to grow. It will reach a height of ten feet or more if it is happy, and will spread nearly as much.

Burkwood viburnum is deciduous in cooler areas and semi-evergreen in warmer regions. In some areas, with careful pruning, a second flowering may occur in the autumn.

Landscaping Ideas

Since the Burkwood requires space to grow. It makes a nice hedge or border plant, as well as a specimen. It makes a nice background to underplantings like Banded or Red Mountain Laurels.

It attracts birds to feast on the berries. Many also like to make nests in the viburnum. Plant it where you can enjoy the spicy fragrance. Honey bees love this plant. If you have plants that need pollination, consider planting one of these in the vicinity.

If you find that your viburnum has outgrown its location, it can be moved with relative ease due to its shallow root system.

Care And Planting Tips

Burkwood viburnum loves a nice sunny spot, but it also does quite well in some shade. Plant in soil that is moist yet well-drained. They will tolerate quite a range of soils, but slightly acidic is best.

If pruning is necessary, do it as soon as the plant has finished flowering. Remove any diseased or dead branches as needed.

This viburnum tolerates heat much better than some others do. Water regularly and feed before new growth begins with an all purpose fertilizer. This shrub is deer resistant, though they will nibble occasionally if they are at a loss for other feed.

Viburnum Information

  • Scientific Name: Viburnum x burkwoodii

  • Best Soil: Moist, well-drained slightly acidic soil is preferred but viburnum will adapt to many situations

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Dark green on top; paler green on bottom; semi-evergreen

  • Fall Color: Mixture of green, chartreuse and other faded colors

  • Bloom: Reddish-pink buds open to white flowers with a tinge of pink in rounded clusters; very fragrant

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide in an oval, loose shape

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: At least 6 to 8 feet apart for hedges or border plants

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