Answer: Viburnum awabukii is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing about 12' tall and 8' wide. You can expect moderate growth (up to 6-12" per year) from viburnum. Training to a tree shape is easy - simply remove all the growth along the main trunk, then rub out any buds that develop along the trunk for a year or two until the bark becomes thick enough to discourage additional bud and shoot development. It is possible to plant it very close to the fence, as long as you don't crowd the foliage on the top of the plant. You can train it to a single trunk by removing any shoots that appear from the roots or the crown of the plant, but it really is attractive when allowed to form multiple trunks. A tree form of Viburnum is grown by Monrovia and is available in 5-gallon containers. Good luck with your landscaping project!
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