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Viburnum davidii

Viburnum

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (18964)

Plant details

Introduced from China in 1904, this is a compact evergreen shrub, making a spreading mound of branching stems and large leathery leaves that gleam richly in sunlight. The dull white flowers are a rather restrained display but, on female plants, they are followed by egg-shaped fruits which are bright turquoise blue and last through into winter, when they stand out enchantingly among the lustrous green foliage. Combine several plants to make wide-spreading ground cover and to ensure plenty of berries on the female plants. Male and female forms can be bought separately. To propagate, take cuttings in summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Viburnum

Species: davidii

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: May to May


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