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10/04/2014 at 15:32

I'm interested in planting a perfume viburnum. I went to a RHS garden today to check out their selection of viburnums. Fell in love with a viburnum burkwoodii. The perfume is so intoxicating!! There is also a more compact variety..'juddii' but not much perfume. The height of burkwoodii is about 8-9 feet. I expect I can maintaine the height by serious/careful prunning??Any thoughts/suggestions from fellow gardeners?

10/04/2014 at 16:30

How small do you need it to be?

13/04/2014 at 14:58

Something in the region of 5-6 feet. I'm told with careful prunning I can maintaine buckwoodii in that region. The compact 'juddii' size is ideal but I don't rate the perfume too highly.

13/04/2014 at 16:27

I don't think it should be a problem - I would try to grow it on as short a leg as possible,  and then when it was near to reaching the maximum height you want it to be I would take out one third of the canes at the base after flowering - two or three years later take out another third and two or three years after that take out the last third. That will have rejuvenated the shrub and reduced it's overall height.  

It'll then take quite some time to grow near to the optimum height again but when it does you can again coppice one third and repeat as previously. 

I've not done it with Viburnums, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.  Unless anybody else knows different ............ ?

17/04/2014 at 17:17

Thanks Dovefromabove....I needed to hear something positive. Yes I must get one!

17/04/2014 at 17:58

Our V. juddii is very highly scented.

The most scented one we know of is Charis, that is a much smaller growing shrub. Another lower growing and very scented one is V.Mohawk.

We have about 25 different Viburnums in the garden.

17/04/2014 at 18:33

There was a beautifully scented viburnum carlesii at Hidcote this week - almost daphne like in both flower and scent - might be worth checking out

18/04/2014 at 19:06

Thanks Berghill and chicky.

18/04/2014 at 19:57

fluffy i just got a burkwoodii from aldi! looks healthy and i plan to keep it maybe 6 foot

19/04/2014 at 20:16

Ooooh thanks. Yes 6 ft is acceptable.

24/04/2014 at 20:01

rosemummy.... local aldi did not have any shrubs. I splash out and bought a v. buckwoodii. Its now in the ground. With TLC I hope to enjoy the blooms next year!!!

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