Viburnum × burkwoodii, the Burkwood Viburnum

Viburnum × burkwoodii, the Burkwood Viburnum, is an evergreen shrub growing to around 2.5 metres high with a similar spread. The ovate-shaped leaves are a glossy deep green. A member of the Adoxaceae family, it has highly fragrant, pink-white flowers in the mid- to late spring. It’s a robust plant, which will helpfully grow in full shade, as can be seen in the Parks, where it grows under a Yew tree in the Tentorium borders. It will also happily grow in full sun, making it a good all-rounder. The soil should be well drained and moderately fertile. It is great as a mid-border plant, or to brighten a shaded area. It can be pruned hard if needed in the late spring, after flowering, and is quite easy to propagate by softwood cuttings in the summer or by semi-ripe cuttings in the late summer and autumn.

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