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Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Red and Pale Pink in Spring

Foliage

Bronze in Spring
Green in Autumn and Summer

Fruit

Black and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

arrowwood 'Aurora'

Family

Adoxaceae


Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with opposite, simple or palmately lobed leaves and clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries

'Aurora' is a medium-sized, bushy, rounded deciduous shrub to 2m, with dark green, oval leaves coppery when young, and rounded trusses of red buds opening to highly fragrant pale pink flowers. Ovoid red berries ripen to black

Synonym(s)

  • Viburnum carlesii 'Donard Pink'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows well in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Loam, Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8. Tolerates hard renovative pruning

Pests

Aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot