Viburnum Shrub- Burkwood Viburnum Shrub


One popular type of viburnum shrub is the Burkwood Viburnum Shrub. It  is a deciduous shrub that is used in shrub borders in Zones 5-8. The Burkwood Viburnum shrub, Viburnum xburkwoodii, is planted for its spicy aromatic fragrance and semi-evergreen leaves. This particular viburnum shrub is a cross between V. carlesii and V. utile. Shrubs, viburnum in particular, make great shrubs for your yard and garden landscape.

"Viburnum Burkwood Shrub"

Viburnum Burkwood Shrub

Flowers occur in 2-3” wide balls. They are pink when in bud, but they turn white as they open fully in spring and will last about 2 weeks. The flowers are widely spaced on the plant, so they provide only a moderately effective show. The fruit is an elliptical drupe that turns from green to red to black as it matures. Fruits are sparsely produced from July through August and are not showy. The glossy dark green leaves feel rough to the touch on the upper surface, but below they are brown and softly wooly.

Burkwood viburnum holds its green leaves late. In most years, some leaves remain all winter, although they will have turned to purple or brown. Sometimes they turn slightly reddish in the fall. It is an excellent plant for a shrub border. It is an especially good choice for the Midwest and southern United States because of its heat and cold tolerance.

It thrives in a moist, well-drained siate with slightly acid soil, although it tolerates neutral soils. It needs sun for optimal flowering. It is also tolerant of urban conditions such as air pollution.

"Pink buds of Burkwood Viburnum Shrub"

Pink buds open to white flowers

Care of the Burkwood Viburnum Shrub

Burkwood Viburnum should be transplanted as a balled-and-burlapped shrub. Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season, especially the first 2-3 years after planting. Feed every spring with plant food right after flowering. Caring for an established shrub is very easy.

Propagation of this shrub should be done by taking cuttings as they are too difficult to grow from seed.

Diseases and Pests are few and far between. The only occasional problem may be bacterial leaf spot, powdery mildew, crown gall, rusts, aphids, and thrips. You can prevent any of these by planting your shrub in a well-drained site. In the South, nematodes may be a problem.

"Mature Viburnum Shrub"

Mature viburnum shrub in bloom

Related Species to the Burkwood Viburnum Shrub

‘Chenault’ is a more compact form producing slightly earlier and more profuse flowers. ‘Mohawk’ has petals with red blotches. It has a compact growth habit. The foliage is resistant to leaf spot and mildew. Leaves turn brilliant orange-red in fall. Korean spice viburnum (V. Carlesii) has spicy-sweet pinkish-white flowers in spring on a rounded, dense shrub 4-8’ tall. It is hardy in Zones 5-7. Many of these shrubs make great havens for wildlife in your garden.

There is also the sweet viburnum shrub (V. Odoratissimum) which is used as a hedge in Florida. It grows very high and is often used as hedges and screens to buffer noises. The all time favorite viburnum, is the snowball viburnum shrubs, V. Opulus ‘Roseum’ which is named for the clusters of flowers that resemble snowballs.

Also, on of the most adaptable viburnums is the Arrowwood viburnum (V. Opulus) which is the most tolerate of all viburnums and will tolerate hot and cold weather, as well as wet soil and dense shade. Although Burkwood Viburnum is not easily available, there are still some great viburnums to consider for your yard and garden area.

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