Burkwood Viburnum

Viburnum × burkwoodii, the Burkwood Viburnum, is part of the Adoxaceae family that you can see in the borders around the Tentorium in the University Parks, where it is currently filling the air with a heady scent. It is a lax evergreen shrub that grows about 2.5 metres tall. The leaves are often glossy dark green, and the highly fragrant flowers are usually white, but can also be flushed with pink depending on location and other factors – these flowers appear from mid- to late spring. A hardy shrub, it will cope with a wide range of aspects, from full sun to full shade. It is also happy with either an exposed or sheltered position, so is a good all-rounder. The soil needs to be moist but well-drained. This shrub is ideal for the middle of a border. It is generally free from pests and diseases, but can be susceptible to aphids and leaf spot. Burkwood viburnum plants don’t need a lot of pruning, but can be pruned hard in the spring after flowering if necessary. To propagate, take softwood cuttings in summer.