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Sweet Viburnum, or Viburnum Odoratissimum is a fast-growing, evergreen shrub with large, lush green leaves and small white flowers. It is extremely hardy and will thrive in many environments. It is a popular choice for hedging and screening, due to its dense growing habit and quick growth rate.
CARE AND GROWTH:
Sweet Viburnum thrives in full sun to part shade. While it can tolerate shade, it is important to plant in a position that gets a least a few hours of sun each day. This will encourage flowering and prevent your plants from becoming leggy.
Correct watering is vital to the plant’s health. Keep soil moist but not waterlogged and increase watering on hot and windy days. Once the plant has established (approx. 12 weeks), it will tolerate most soil types and conditions and will require less water. Mulching is a great way of retaining moisture, regulating soil temperature and keeping the weeds down. A thin layer of mulch around the base of the plant, while not essential, can have many benefits.
Fertilise in early Spring with a slow-release fertiliser to encourage rapid growth and flowering. Due to their speedy growth rate, pruning is important. Prune in warm weather to keep your plants nice and compact. Pruning also allows you to maintain your Sweet Viburnum at any height you desire. Be sure to prune after flowering to encourage fresh growth.
Spray with Eco-oil to combat common pests such as aphids and mealybugs.
Hedge/Screen: If you’re in need of a quick hedge, look no further! Sweet Viburnum is the FASTEST growing hedging plant. Its rapid growth, dense foliage and ability to tolerate pruning make it perfect for screening out neighbours and providing a barrier against strong winds.
Background Planting: Sweet Viburnum is the perfect backdrop for flowering plants. Its lush foliage provides a fantastic green canvas for colourful annuals, perennials (eg. Begonias, Salvia) and countless other plants. Consider pairing with flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, Grevilleas or Gardenias, which provide bursts of bright blooms that would contrast with the Viburnum’s glossy, green leaves. Planting with shrubs that have contrasting foliage textures and colours would also have a great effect. Why not try Loropetalum, Alternanthera or different coloured Coprosma? Underplanting Sweet Viburnum with grasses such as Liriope, Lomandra or Dianella or ground-covers like Gardenia Radicans or Trachelospermum Tricolour will also add texture and diversity to the landscape.
Ornamental: Use as an ornamental specimen in gardens and landscapes. When left unpruned, Sweet Viburnum will grow into a small tree. Widely used by florists for cut flowers. Also great for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies as well as birds.
Containers/Pots: Sweet Viburnum can also be grown in pots, making it possible to enjoy this plant in smaller spaces, such as balconies. Just be sure to keep up the watering if kept in a pot or container as plants dry out quicker than they would if in the ground.
Natives: Incorporate Australian native plants with your Viburnum to attract wildlife and promote biodiversity.
Recommended spacing will depend on your intended use but for hedging we suggest the following;
For smaller pot sizes (140mm and 200mm) we recommend 2-3 plants per metre and for larger pot sizes (300mm and 400mm), 1-2 plants per metre. This is a guide only.
Sweet Viburnum is one of our best-selling hedging plants! We stock it in several sizes, from 200mm to our advanced 400mm and sizes in between. If any sizes are out of stock, feel free to send an email and we will give you an idea of when the next batch will be ready.
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Whilst Sweet Viburnum is the most common, there are several other Viburnum varieties. Viburnum Emerald Lustre has a similar growth habit but much glossier leaves. Viburnum Tinus is also popular, with much finer leaves and clusters of beautiful pink buds that open to small, white, star-shaped flowers.
Position: Full sun to part shade
Max Height: 4m
Max Width: 2m
Spacing for hedging: Every 40-80cm depending on pot size
Type: Hedge, Small Tree
Feed: Slow-release fertiliser
Pruning: Once to twice a year in warmer months depending on desired height