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Viburnum x burkwoodii
Burkwood viburnum

Culture: Like most Viburnum species, Viburnum x burkwoodii thrives in a moist, well-drained site with slightly acidic soil. This species should be transplanted as a balled-and-burlapped shrub. For optimal flowering, it should be placed in a mostly sunny site. It will tolerate neutral soils quite well.

The Burkwood viburnum is generally free of serious disease problems. Occasional problems may include: bacterial leaf spot, powdery mildew, crown gall, rusts, aphids and thrips. These can usually be prevented if the shrub is placed in a well-drained site. Nematodes may be a problem in the Southern United States.

Usage: The Burkwood viburnum is an excellent plant for a shrub border. Not only do the flowers provide a strong fragrance, it is more vigorous than Viburnum carlesii. It is an especially good choice for the Midwest and Southern United States because of its heat and cold tolerance. While some pruning may be necessary to reduce its somewhat informal appearance, the Burkwood viburnum provides showy, fragrant flowers and a semi-evergreen character in the landscape. There are many available cultivars. 'Chenaultii' is a more compact form, producing slightly earlier and more profuse flowers than the straight species. The flowers are pale rose in bud turning white in flower. The fall color on 'Chenaultii' is a bronze-brown. 'Mohawk' has a compact habit with dark red flower buds opening to white flowers that are blotched with pink-red on the outside of the corolla. 'Mohawk' also has foliage that resists leaf spot and powdery mildew, as well as a longer flowering time than the species. Unlike 'Chenaultii' or the species, 'Mohawk' provides autumn interest with orange-red fall color.

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