The Q&A Archives: Fragrant Viburnum

Question: I have a 5-ft. high tree that blooms white flowers when my lilacs bloom and its blossoms smell like lilacs, but MORE fragrant. I'm told it is a Viburnum, but what species?

Answer: There are a couple of possiblilties; Viburnum burkwoodii, and Viburnum carlecephalum. Burkwoodii is the most commonly grown landscape Viburnum and produces clusters of fragrant white flowers in March and April. Carlecephalum is also known as 'Fragrant Snowball'. The most noticable difference between the two plants is the leaf color. V. carlecephalum has gray-green, almost hairy leaves, and the flowers are waxy looking. V burkwoodii has glossy green leaves that are hairy underneath. Hope this information helps.

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