Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Fragrant Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum farreri Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Related Cultivars:

    Viburnum farreri 'Nanum'

  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 6-10'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Vase
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to light shade.

  • Notes:

    This is the first viburnum to bloom (usually mid-April) with flowers that are pink in bud, opening white and very fragrant. The flowers begin opening at the first hint of warmth, and because of this rarely escape a spring without frost damage. Its habit is leggy and untidy, and will suffer dieback in severe winters. This, combined with the frequent frost damage to the flowers reduces the value of this plant relative to other viburnums in the Midwest. It is however, excellent for winter "forcing".

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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