Viburnum Shrubs Are Hardy & Work Well In Landscaping
Viburnum are among the most prized plants used for landscaping and decoration - their hardiness and resistance to cold climates, along with seasonal color changes, make them a favorite with experienced decorators.
Viburnum prunifolium is one of the smallest of the Viburnum breeds, a small shrub measuring two to nine meters in height. This fruit-bearing shrub is also called blackhaw or the stag bush, and although native to Eastern North America, will survive in all but the most severe of winters. Viburnum prunifolium's creamy white flowers and reddish-brown bark make them the perfect compliment for vibrant green grass, and their small bluish fruit becomes edible after being affected by their first frost.
Viburnum dentatum, also known as southern arrowwood, possesses many similar qualities to viburnum prunifolium; although this small shrub has green leaves for most of the year, they turn a vibrant yellow or red around autumn every year. Like its cousins, viburnum dentatum is native to the eastern United States. Their blue-black fruit serves as the primary food source for songbirds, so placing them in a landscape is a sure-fire way to draw birds into one's property without risking damage to less hardy plants.
Then, of course, there is viburnum lentago; the largest of the viburnum breeds, also known as sheepberry, viburnum lentago is technically categorized as a small tree. This tree possessed bark that runs the gamut in coloration from red to gray-brown; the texture of the tree's trunk can be described as scaly, slightly abrasive to the touch, and its five pale petals per flower keep it compact while remaining untouched by insects. This tree is known for its brilliant autumnal colors, the shading of which often turns red or orange.
Viburnum plants are among the most accessible for a budding landscaper, and their hardiness makes them fool-proof; indeed, a beautiful addition to any lawn or display.
The Many Advantages Of Planting Viburnum Shrubs
Viburnum shrubs bring lush greenery, fall color and winter interest to your property. These plants thrive in a range of soils and climates. Their adaptability, along with a moderate to fast growth rate, is only some of their many advantages. Here are a few more:
There are over 150 species of viburnum. Some do well in the sun, others in the shade, while others can withstand heat or cold. No matter where you live, you can find a viburnum shrub that can adapt to your climate and transform your garden.
While some species and cultivars have glossy leaves, others can be velvet-textured. Some, like the tea viburnum, are known for their berries, while others have none. Some are evergreen, and others display gorgeous autumn foliage.
Lush, evergreen viburnums, like the David viburnum, grow between 3 to 5 feet tall. Their distinctive dark green leaves are thick, and the berries are pale blue. They can be used for screens or to mark your yard's boundaries. Other varieties with similar growth habits, but with their distinctive coloring, are placed near foundations.
Chinese snowball, tea viburnum, and European cranberrybush are lovely specimen plants, with European cranberry an exceptionally vibrant autumnal shrub. Chinese snowball's white clusters bloom more than once throughout the season and can withstand high temperatures. Tea viburnum is known for its dense berry clusters and leaves that turn red in the fall. Any of these species can be placed as a focal point in your garden or as an attractive planting in your front yard.
Deer Resistant, Yet Butterfly and Bird Attractant
Viburnums with berries are attractive to birds throughout the winter months, while their dense flowering habits are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. Fortunately, the leaves are not appetizing to deer. Viburnum bushes can attract wildlife that is helpful to your garden and can help keep foragers at bay.
With so many varieties from which to choose, gardeners can pick a viburnum species that appeal to their eye without losing any of the plant's other benefits, like their fast growing nature and their longevity.