Evergreen viburnum are versatile, low-maintenance plants. Standout garden additions, many evergreen viburnums perform equally well as full-sized trees or attractive hedge plants. They have glossy, sometimes fragrant foliage, long-lasting spring flowers, and brightly coloured, summer and fall berries. Some evergreen viburnums retain their berries through the winter. These plants are available in a range of sizes and forms.
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A low -- no higher than 3 feet -- spreading shrub-- David viburnum (Viburnum davidii) combines striking, deep blue-green foliage with clusters of pink flower buds. They unfold as white blooms in April and May, giving way to summer berries that put on their own show. Light green on emerging, the fruit transitions to pink, red, and finally metallic turquoise. The berries attracts birds to the garden well into winter, notes the Missouri Botanical Garden's Kemper Center for Home Gardening website. The shrub only produces them if both male and female plants are present for pollination. Hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 7, David viburnum does best where summers are cool. It benefits from afternoon shade in hot summer climates and grows best in consistently moist, well-drained soil.
Laurustinus viburnum (Viburnum tinus) is an upright, dense plant standing between 6 and 12 feet high and up to 10 feet wide. Its glossy, deep green leaves grow up to 4 inches long and contrast well with the pink buds and flat clusters of waxy, white blooms that appear from late winter to spring. Its berries are dark blue or black with a metallic sheen, according to North Carolina State University Extension. This is a round, dense bush tolerant of both drought and wet coastal locations. It likes well-drained moist soil and full sun to partial shade.
Once a popular landscape tree, sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum) grows up to 30 feet high and wide high unless pruned into a hedge. It has glossy, deep green leaves between 4 and 8 inches long. Abundant clusters of sweetly scented, white flowers nearly conceal its foliage in the spring, according to University of Florida Extension's professor Edward Gilman and associate professor Dennis Watson. Red berries that age to black follow the blossoms. Sweet viburnum tolerates drought and a wide range of well-drained soils. It grows in full sun to partial shade.
Walter's viburnum (Viburnum obovatum) grows between 8 and 25 feet high and up to 10 feet wide. It has fragrant, small-to-medium deep green leaves. Clusters of aromatic white flowers almost cover the plant in late winter. Its berries, red when new, ripen to black. This drought-tolerant viburnum is available in weeping, spreading, upright and dwarf forms, according to the University of Florida Extension website. It performs best in full to partial sun and well-drained soil.
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