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Care of the plant Viburnum awabuki or Sweet Viburnum.

Care of the shrub Viburnum awabuki or Sweet Viburnum

The genus Viburnum, family Adoxaceae, includes 200 species of trees and shrubs native to the Northern Hemisphere, South America and the island of Java. Some species are: Viburnum awabuki, Viburnum suspensum, Viburnum rigidum, Viburnum rhytidophyllum, Viburnum opulus, Viburnum lantana, Viburnum davidii, Viburnum tinus, Viburnum tomentosum, Viburnum utile.

Common name: Sweet Viburnum. Scientific synonym: Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki. This species is native to Japan.

They are evergreen shrubs or small trees with a pyramidal shape that reach 6 meters (19.68 feet) in height. The leathery leaves are opposite, up to 16 cm (6.29") long and an attractive bright green colour. The scented white flowers appear in conical panicles. They bloom in summer. The decorative red fruits turn black when ripe.

They are used to form hedges, as isolated specimens, on edges, in shrub groups and in large pots for patios. They are ideal for large cities due to their resistance to pollution.

Viburnum awabuki grows in full sun and light shade exposures. Frost resistant up to -12 ºC (10.4 ºF).

The soil can be normal, well-drained garden soil with coarse sand and some organic matter. Transplanting is done in early spring.

Water moderately waiting for the substrate to be almost dry.

Fertilize with a little organic matter at the end of winter.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter to maintain a compact habit, if grown as hedges or if desired to maintain a tree-like habit.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to the accumulation of moisture in the roots.

They are propagated by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Images of the shrub Viburnum awabuki or Sweet Viburnum

Viburnum awabuki
Viburnum awabuki