• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 2 1/2 ft. tall and slightly wider.
    Key Feature:
    Dwarf Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Sporadic summer blooms; does not produce fruit.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:vy-BER-num OP-ew-lus
    Plant type:Shrub, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Compact, Mounding
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 2 1/2 ft. tall and slightly wider.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Sporadic summer blooms; does not produce fruit.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasNo flowers needed here--this handsome small shrub offers red-tinged new growth and red fall color. And between those times, its mounding habit and clean, lobed leaves are a good foil to flowering shrubs and perennials in the border.
    Companion PlantsLilac (Syringa); Peony (Paeonia); Clematis (Clematis); Iris (Iris); Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Tolerant of a wide range of soils; prefers average, loamy, well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.