• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Flowers
    Blooms:
    Late spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:vy-BER-num
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Design IdeasThis tall shrub makes an excellent hedge or screen, providing fragrant flowers and fall/winter fruit. Also useful in the back of the border as an accent.
    Companion PlantsWhite Florida Anise-Tree (Illicium floridanum 'Alba') with its showy white flowers. Use the variegated foliage of Sunrise Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Sunrise') as a contrast. The form and uprightflower clusters of Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) also works well.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    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
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The viburnum clan falls into the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. The genus, classified by Linnaeus includes over 225 species spread over most of the globe an on virtually every continent. Th species is native to Japan, Korea and Taiwan and introduced in 1818. It has proven to be highly variable, producing different forms within its range. Originally it was classified as V. odoratisssimum var. Awabuki but this plant has been since given its own species. The name Awabuki is derived from its place of origin in Japan.
    Lore:
    This cultivar of Viburnum Awabuki was collected by J.C. Raulston of North Carolina State University Arboretum, from plants he found on the South Korean island of Chindo in 1985.