Viburnum in the Landscape
If you would love a viburnum but don't have as much space, there are excellent compact cultivars such as 'Bailey's Compact' and 'Blue Muffin' that are behaved. Viburnum are celebrated for their wildlife value to birds and pollinators too with their plentiful flowers and rich berries.
Native to our area
- Viburnum dentatum - Arrowwood
- Viburnum prunifolium - Blackhaw
- Viburnum lentago - Nannyberry
- Viburnum trilobum - American Cranberrybush
The types you may see blooming along Vermont's fields, windbreaks, and hedgerows are Viburnum dentatum and Viburnum lentago. Viburnum trilobum also grows in the wild, but a little less frequently.
Not considered native to our area
- Viburnum p.t. - Doublefile
- Viburnum opulus - Snowball
- Viburnum carlesii - Koreanspice
- Viburnum lantana - Wayfaring tree
- Viburnum cassinoides
If berries are one of your top priorities in planting and you're planting cultivars, be sure to select two different cultivars to ensure pollination. Cultivars are clones and are not genetically different. If you're using straight species, it doesn't matter since they are grown from seed. Straight species can pollinate any cultivars.
Viburnum x Juddii
Viburnum x Juddii is a hybrid between Viburnum carlesii and Viburnum bitchiuense bred to be a fuller plant. Its habit is full and rounded, and a bit more dense with similar flowers. Viburnum carlesii can be wandering with more foliage on the top.
Witherod is a native shrub that thrives in moist soils. It has creamy white flowers in June and attractive fruit that changes from green to pink to red to blue to black. Good crimson and scarlet fall color.