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Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'

Plant details

The seldom seen V. grandiflorum crossed with the award-winning fragrant species V. farreri produced this lovely hybrid in the 1930s. It is characterised by its numerous and densely packed 7.5cm (3in) clusters of rose, pink or blush white blooms, appearing in winter and very sweetly scented. In cold gardens bushes flower from January to March, but in mild winters they bloom from October to March with a short break. 'Dawn' is the form usually grown, a large shrub which eventually needs thinning, but harder pruning will keep it compact. 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: x bodnantense

Cultivar: Dawn

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: October to March

Reader reviews


This is flowering in my garden now, December, however blooms are a lot.smaller than this picture. Adds winter colour and screens an ugly fence in summer so earns it's keep.

Simon Lander

I've had my bodnantese for probably 30plus years. It's been growing perfectly in semi shade well drained soil (neutral) not particularly rich. however it has decided to die on me. Like us do trees have a life span? And is 35years old age for this particular tree?

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