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Care of the plant Viburnum utile or Service Viburnum.

Care of the shrub Viburnum utile or Service 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 utile,  Viburnum suspensum, Viburnum rigidum, Viburnum rhytidophyllum, Viburnum opulus, Viburnum lantana, Viburnum davidii, Viburnum tomentosum, Viburnum tinus, Viburnum awabuki.

Common name: Service Viburnum, Quick Snowball. This species is native to central China.

They are evergreen bushes of disorderly bearing that reach 2 meters (6.56 feet) in height. The leaves are ovate, up to 7 cm (2.75") long and shiny dark green. The scented white flowers appear in umbels up to 7 cm (2.75") in diameter. They bloom in spring. The decorative fruits are bluish-black.

They are used on edges, in light undergrowth, as isolated specimens, in shrubby groups and in pots for patios and terraces.

Viburnum utile grows in full sun and light shade exposures. Frost resistant up to -17 ºC (1.4 ºF). It has good resistance to Mediterranean heat.

They prefer well-drained soils containing organic matter but will also grow on poorer or slightly clayey soils.

Water regularly so that the substrate does not dry out completely. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize with organic matter (manure or compost) at the end of winter.

Prune in late winter to maintain a rounded shape.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in the nursery in spring or autumn and by cuttings in summer.

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Viburnum utile
Viburnum utile