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 become 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 serve as a main 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 shadin 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; truly, a beautiful addition to any lawn or display.