Viburnum xburkwoodii - Burkwood Viburnum
Family: Caprifoliaceae

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Viburnum x burkwoodii is a shrub known for glossy, dark green, semi-evergreen foliage, fragrant, white, April flowers, and good growth habit. Burkwood Viburnum is one of the best all-around Viburnums.

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  form2 form Form

-medium shrub; 8' tall x 6' wide

-upright oval, becoming spreading, usually branching to the ground

-medium rate

foliage2 foliage Foliage

-opposite, dark green, semi-evergreen

-elliptical with very shallow dentate margins

-at maturity, glossy above with small goose bump-like projections terminating in sparse pubescence

-paler below

-short petiole

-good foliage effect

Flowers
flowers

-pink buds opening to white flowers; mid-Apr.

-slightly hemispherical, clusters of flowers to 2.5" in total diameter

-fragrant

-effective for 2 weeks

Fruit
fruit

-green to red (Sept.) to black (Oct.)

-in clusters and slightly elongated

-sparsely borne

Twig
twig

-tan with pubescence; relatively thin; fairly prominent terminal floral buds in winter

trunk2 trunk Trunk

-not applicable

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Culture

-full sun to partial shade

-performs best in full sun in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils, but it is quite adaptable to poor soils, compacted soils, soils of various pH, heat, drought, and pollution

-propagated primarily by rooted stem cuttings, but also by seeds

-Honeysuckle Family, with no significant pest problems, but bacterial leaf spot and powdery mildew are occasional cosmetic foliage diseases

-commonly available in B&B form

Hardiness

-zones 4 to 8

Origin

-both parents native to the Orient

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Assets

-semi-evergreen glossy foliage

-fragrant Apr. flowers

-urban tolerant

-branches to the ground

Liabilities

-none serious

Function

-formal or informal hedge, border, entranceway, foundation, or specimen shrub

-one of the best all-around Viburnums for the Midwest

Texture

-medium texture in foliage and when semi-evergreen

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Alternates

-broadleaf semi-evergreen to evergreen shrubs (Myrica pensylvanica, Rhododendron, Viburnum x pragense, Viburnum x rhytidophylloides, etc.)

-fragrant-flowering shrubs (Clethra alnifolia, Itea virginica, Philadelphus species, Syringa species, Viburnum carlesii, Viburnum x juddii, etc.)

 


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