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From the Azores, yet fully hardy, this semi-evergreen species holds foliage until well into the New Year. Short racemes of very showy cylindrical flowers are borne on the branchlets in late summer and autumn; red in bud opening pale yellow-green, strongly tinged red, followed by bloomy blue-black berries. For lime free soil.
Vesalea floribunda (syn. Abelia) (new)
Bunches of tubular, 5cm long vibrant deep-pink flowers with open mouths produced in abundance in June/July. This splendid Mexican species is usually best grown against a warm sunny wall where it will make a medium sized evergreen shrub.
Viburnum atrocyaneum Hird 113
An unusual Himalayan, hardy evergreen species of dense bushy habit, deserving of wider attention, making a medium to large shrub. Very pretty small glossy foliage, copper tinted when young. Bunches of small steely blue fruit lasting into winter. Any reasonable soil in sun/semi-shade. These are from wild collected seed.
Viburnum betulifolium AM clone
A large hardy shrub grown for the superb display of vivid redcurrant-like fruits, seen en-masse in autumn and lasting well after leaf drop, though the corymbs of white flowers in June and July are also fine. Initially upright, the branches spread out to show flower and fruit. This is Wilson's original Award of Merit clone from 1936.
Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora' (new)
A well known spring flowering shrub of medium size, bearing deliciously sweetly scented flowers in tight clusters. Regarded as an outstanding selection, which holds an AGM from the RHS, this form has red buds that open pink. Easy on any ordinary soil, in sun or semi-shade.
Viburnum carlesii 'Diana'
A well known spring flowering shrub of medium size, bearing deliciously sweetly scented flowers in tight clusters. In this form the rounded flower heads have red buds and open pink, and the new foliage is purple tinged. A slow growing compact form. Easy on any ordinary soil, in sun or semi-shade.
Viburnum erubescens VdL 4122
A medium to large sized shrub with deciduous elliptic foliage and paniculate, pendent clusters (rather unusual in Viburnum) of fragrant white flowers tipped pink (in this rare clone), borne in summer. Fruit start red and turn black. Collected on the Milke Danda, Nepal. Any ordinary soil, but best sheltered in the coldest most exposed gardens.
An aristocratic species from Japan and Taiwan, making a large, deciduous, hardy shrub. White lacecaps in May, followed by red fruits, turning black. The broad, potentially large, conspicuously veined foliage turns to brilliant scarlet and reddish-purple over a long period in late summer and autumn. These, grafted onto V. opulus, will grow in limy soil, as it does here!
A medium sized evergreen Chinese species of distinct appearance, having very small, rounded, dark green leaves, only 1 to 2cm long. White flowers borne in spring followed by shining black fruit. A useful, different and highly attractive textural shrub.
Officially described as recently as 2011, this new species was collected on Fan Si Pan Mt, N. Vietnam, where it grows at up to 3000m asl. A shrub to 2m in the wild, but shorter in cultivation, with densely hairy and conspicuously deeply veined foliage. Terminal cymes of cylindrical white flowers in July, followed by clusters of scarlet fruit.
Viburnum macrocephalum (f. keteleeri) (new)
A classic Viburnum grown for the superb display of white lacecap flowers in May, though it is usually grown in the more gaudy sterile form. Flowers are followed by red to black showy fruit. Foliage is semi-evergreen on a medium sized rounded, full shrub to about 3m tall. Vigorous as well as drought and heat tolerant.
Viburnum mullaha KR 10609
A very unusual Himalayan to South East Asian species, forming a large shrub with ovate deciduous foliage 9 to 15cm long, with a deeply dentate upper half. Clusters of white flowers in May/June, followed by initially yellow then brilliant red berries. This collection from Arunachal Pradesh.
Viburnum nudum 'Brandywine'
A recent compact selection of this fine deciduous shrub from the eastern USA. Dark, glossy green leaves look like they should be evergreen, but colour deep-red in autumn. Long stalked clusters of creamy-white flowers borne in June, followed by pink fruit, turning blue-black. Thrives in most soils, apart from thin and limey, in sun or semi-shade. 1.5m - 1.8m tall.
Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty'
This fine deciduous shrub from the eastern USA deserves wider planting. Dark, glossy green leaves look like they should be evergreen, but colour deep-red in autumn. Long stalked clusters of creamy-white flowers borne in June, followed by pink fruit, turning blue-black. Thrives in most soils apart from thin and limey, in sun or semi-shade. To about 2m tall.
Viburnum odoratissimum var. arboricola
Collected in the mountains of Taiwan, this is a distinct variety of the species with oblong foliage of a thinner texture than the species and with a matt upper surface. The white flowers are in conical branched terminal heads in late summer, followed by a mass of red berries if pollinated. Makes a large shrub eventually, totally hardy here even through 2010.
Viburnum oliganthum 'Kyo Kanzashi'
A new intro to the West, this is a Japanese cultivar of a rare Chinese species. Making a medium to large evergreen shrub with attractive lustrous, leathery, rather oblong slim foliage with a red midrib, setting off the pendulous panicles of pale-pink flowers in May. Fruit are deep red maturing black. For sun or semi-shade. Highly attractive.
Viburnum propinquum var. propinquum Guiz 222
An unusually broad leaved and particularly attractive form of this unusual species from Guizhou, SW China. Foliage is broadly elliptic, deep glossy green, distinctly three veined in the style of Cinnamomum and evergreen, sitting on red tinted petioles and stems. A medium sized dense rounded shrub with slightly tiered branching, suited to a sheltered site.
A fine shrub with many attractive features, though rarely encountered in gardens or trade. A medium sized deciduous species with an open habit; the foliage emerging metallic blue-red-green, turning through shades of green and then finally orange-red in autumn. Clusters of juicy, orange-red berries, turning scarlet, follow the white early summer flowers.
Viburnum sp. NJM 11.008 (new)
Found originally at 2150m altitude in Guizhou, SW China, this yet to be identified species made medium sized shrubs to 2m tall bearing clusters of bright red fruit. The new foliage throughout the growing season is a superb blackish-red.
Viburnum x hillieri 'Winton'
A lovely, medium size, semi-evergreen shrub with dangling panicles of sweetly scented white flowers borne profusely in June, followed by red fruit turning black. The narrowly oval leaves are copper tinted when young, and suffused bronze-red in winter. Easy in most soils and positions.
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