Fragrant flowers forum: Viburnum odoratissimum

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Name: Vanessa
Northern Tablelands NSW Austra (Zone 8b)
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Oct 30, 2013 2:20 AM CST
I'm excited! My Sweet Viburnum has flowered at last, I've been waiting a few years since I first planted it. This year it only has a few sprigs of bloom, but the fragrance is amazing! Has anyone experience to know if it will increase the amount of flowers the following year, or am I just not giving it what it needs?
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Oct 30, 2013 5:47 AM CST
Hurray! Sounds great, Vanessa!

I don't grow this plant myself, but I'd say that it should get more flowering tips as it matures. @flaflwrgrl might be able to add some insight, and @plantladylin posted this gorgeous picture in the DB of a plant loaded with blooms. Smiling



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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 30, 2013 6:44 AM CST
Vanessa: I agree with Chelle, as your Sweet Viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum) matures it will have many more spikes of flowers. Is your plant container grown, or is it in the ground? I don't have much insight as to the culture of this plant grown in containers, ours were planted in the ground many years ago and stand @ 15' tall. They've never been fertilized and get watered twice weekly when the irrigation system is on and have done very well over the years so they must have been happy with the location where we planted them. Sweet Viburnum is really beautiful in spring when it bursts into bloom and I agree, the fragrance is really nice!

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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2013 7:34 AM CST
This is my first time owning this plant but I have known it for most of my life. I agree that it will get lots & lots & lots of blooms as it grows. One thing to make sure of is not to prune it after fall. We bought this house in mid March (spring in the northern hemisphere) & the previous owners had planted many of these as hedges but they had kept trimming them to within an inch of their life. The plants are 12 yrs. old yet I hear from ppl who know, that these NEVER bloomed. That is b/c they kept trimming them as hedges, even in the winter & certainly in the spring. They cut off all the growth that would have bloomed. We cut them back several weeks ago in early Oct. & now will not cut them again & they will bloom in the spring.
It is used in Florida as a hedge plant a lot. The problem is that they are constantly cutting them back so they miss 1 of the best features of this lovely blooming shrub. Sad

Thanks Chelle for the heads up on this post. Thumbs up
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Oct 30, 2013 8:17 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.

Thanks for all the great info!

It's not hardy here, but I'd grow it if I could. Thumbs up
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2013 8:42 AM CST
YVW! I would say you could put it under your crawl space for the winter but I don't think it would bloom for you regardless. I don't think there would be enough time. Sad
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Oct 30, 2013 12:23 PM CST
There's probably enough that gets shoved in there for the winter as it is... Whistling
Rolling on the floor laughing ...but the thought did cross mind mind. Big Grin
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Name: Vanessa
Northern Tablelands NSW Austra (Zone 8b)
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Oct 30, 2013 5:03 PM CST
Lin, my Seet Viburnum is in the ground, it is taller than me, though it doesn't get watered much and our rainfall isn't high, and I've never fertilised it but it is on the line of an old no longer used septic tank trench, so the soils is more fertile there.

Ann, I have till now never pruned mine, because I wanted to let it grow big as a screen from the road in front of our house. That was originally why I chose it, since it is fast growing, dense and evergreen. Since it's part of a shrub border, I intended to prune it when it got close to touching the other shrubs there. Thanks for the pruning info!

In terms of hardiness, it seems ok here at 8a, but I think it suffers a little in winter as it gets some funny looking buckled foliage after winter, with whitish streaks. Unless it's sporting an unattractive variegation. It seems to stop doing this as the weather warms up. It is more tolerant of winter than my sweet Osmanthus, which grows really puckered ugly foliage in the winter.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2013 6:45 PM CST
Vanessa, you can cut it back pretty far AFTER it finishes blooming if you're only going to cut it once a year if you don't want it to touch the other shrubs but it will grow a good deal after that before winter hits so make sure you take it back enough to allow for the growth & then remember, you're not going to cut it after winter b/c you need to leave that growth that the blooms form on.
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