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Viburnum davidii
  • RHS AGM

David viburnum

A small spreading evergreen shrub, with elliptic, deep green, leathery, three-veined leaves and flattened heads of small dull white flowers followed on cross-pollinated plants by long-lasting 'metallic' blue-black berries

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green Blue
Autumn Green Blue
Winter Green Blue
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Viburnaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with opposite, simple or palmately lobed leaves and clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
W China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils. Though not strictly dioecious, plants in this species can be dominantly female or male, with only the former consistently producing berries. Specifically sexed clones are available, or plant in groups to ensure cross-pollination and berry production

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Pruning group 8 (evergreens)

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to Phytophthora, honey fungus, grey moulds and leaf spot

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