Fragrant and Attractive Viburnum - Knowledgebase Question

Stow, MA
Question by Karen_Sommer
June 16, 1999
I am looking for a viburnum that has both fragrant flowers and attractive fall foliage. Most of the more fragrant species that I have identified seem to be less colorful in the fall. Are there any that are both? Fragrance and longer lasting flowers are a priority over fall color. Any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
June 16, 1999

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Your choices for fragrant flowers include Viburnum bodnantense, V. burkwoodii 'Chenault', V. carlcephalum, V. carlesii, V. farreri and V. juddii. Of these deciduous shrubs, burkwoodii has purplish leaves in cold weather, but the remainder of the Viburnums seem to concentrate on fragrance only. Hope this information helps you decide which Viburnum to plant!

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