This plant has a strong fragrance
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Sweet Viburnum Overview
Sweet Viburnum is an evergreen shrub with a fast growth habit. It produces aromatic leaves and fragrant white flowers. It was well known by the name Viburnum sinensis, however it has been reclassified and is now called Viburnum odoratissimum. Suitable for most climates, this is a gratifying shrub to use as a hedge, due to its fast growth rate and the beautiful springtime fragrance. Not only is this ornamental plant aesthetically pleasing, but also versatile and not often bothered by pests or disease. Sweet Viburnum grows well in full sun and likes moist, well-draining soil. It can cope with colder weather and is hardy down to -10 degrees Celsius. Often used as hedge, screen or noise buffer between neighbourhoods or highways, it creates a sense of privacy and intimacy in any garden. A popular choice for a fast growing hedge due it’s beautiful, green foliage and pretty, small white flowers. The leaves are big and thick. It also makes a beautiful garden bed plant.
How to harvest Sweet Viburnum
Pick branches to use as greenery in flower arrangements.
How to propagate Sweet Viburnum
Take softwood cuttings (stem or tip) when a 15 cm terminal branch snaps when bent, which is usually in summer.
Special features of Sweet Viburnum
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
Good plant for large outdoor containers given enough drainage holes.
Large shrub can be planted as a hedge, screen or windbreak.
Fruit eating or nectar-seeking birds are attracted.
Relatively drought tolerant once well established, drought does however impact whether the plant blooms or not.
Other uses of Sweet Viburnum
Grown for their foliage, autumn colour (in many deciduous species), flowers and, often fruits. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects. Suitable for coastal conditions.