Scented flowering bush - Knowledgebase Question

Kingsport, TN
Question by Mikala55570
May 22, 2007
Is there such a thing as a flowering scented bush. When I visited Florida there was a fantastic bush called night blooming jasmine, but that will not survive here (like gardinia bush) Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you


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Answer from NGA
May 22, 2007

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Deciduous, shade-tolerant viburnums are an excellent shrub choice for your Tennessee landscape. Many species and cultivars of viburnums are available ranging from about 2 to 30 feet high. Viburnums are good shrubs to utilize in your Tennessee landscape for group plantings. Some varieties are fragrant while others may have either no fragrance or an unpleasant aroma.

If you would like to select a fragrant viburnum, consider planting a Burkwood Viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii). The Burkwood Viburnum grows from 8 to 10 feet wide and about 8 feet wide. It tolerates partial shade or full sun and prefers moist, well-drained soil. It has dark to light green semi-evergreen foliage and pink and white flowers that are very fragrant and bloom in May. The Burkwood Viburnum makes a nice hedge or it can be used as a specimen plant. Planted near an entryway, its lovely fragrance can welcome visitors.

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