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Viburnum Sweet

Viburnum Sweet

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Description: Sweet Viburnum is characterized by its glossy, dark green leaves that have a leathery texture and a slightly serrated edge. In spring, the plant produces clusters of small, white flowers that are highly fragrant, filling the air with a sweet aroma. These flowers are followed by small red berries that mature to black, adding ornamental interest in late summer to fall. The plant typically grows in a dense, upright form, with branches that may arch gracefully as they mature.

Size: Sweet Viburnum can vary in size depending on the specific cultivar and growing conditions. It commonly grows to a height of 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) with a similar spread, although some cultivars may reach slightly taller heights. It can be pruned to maintain a more compact size or trained into a small tree with a single trunk.

Best Growing Zones: Sweet Viburnum is best suited to USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10, although some cultivars may tolerate zone 7 with protection from frost. It thrives in warm, subtropical climates with mild winters and hot summers. In cooler climates, it can be grown in containers and brought indoors during the winter months.

Soil Requirements: Sweet Viburnum prefers well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. It can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soil, as long as it is well-drained. Adding organic matter to the soil can help improve its fertility and drainage, promoting healthy growth and development.

Maintenance: Sweet Viburnum is relatively low-maintenance once established. It requires regular watering, particularly during periods of drought, to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring to remove any dead, damaged, or overgrown branches and to maintain the desired size and shape. It is generally resistant to pests and diseases but may occasionally be affected by issues such as scale insects or powdery mildew, which can be managed with proper cultural practices.

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