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Viburnum davidii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black and Blue in Autumn and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

David viburnum

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

V. davidii is a small spreading evergreen shrub, with elliptic, deep green, leathery, three-veined leaves and flattened heads of small dull white flowers followed on cross-pollinated plants by long-lasting 'metallic' blue-black berries

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 semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Ground Cover, Low Maintenance or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot