IF I COULD ONLY HAVE ONE GENUS of plants (please, never let that be the rule!), it would probably be Viburnum. With my many shrubs busy setting fruit like mad here despite this wettest of years, I thought I’d praise these multi-season beauties with a post and a little slideshow. (That’s perhaps the showiest of all above, the doublefile viburnum, but I have more to share with you and my beloved birds).
The images and captions take you through some highlights of the genus, at least for me: the showy doublefile, as mentioned; smaller, yellow-fruited ‘Michael Dodge,’ a variety of Linden viburnum (above); the most fragrant of all (and earliest), V. carlesii; a few more hot-fruited favorites, and even a pair of nearly evergreen ones that I love for screening. Have a browse, and after that take note:
There is an archive of viburnum tips and profiles of other fruit-bearing shrubs I love, great possibilities if you’re planning on doing some fall planting and want to bring in the birds, or have viburnum in need of TLC and need a hand. It’s all in the bullets below the slideshow for reference.
Click on the first thumbnail to start the show, then toggle from slide to slide using the arrows beside each caption. Enjoy.
Other Juicy Viburnum Treats from the Archives:
- THINK FALL (YES, FALL): My original homage to this genius of a genus.
- PRUNING VIBURNUM: They don’t like being picked at any more than you do. Prune these beautiful woody plants correctly and they will reward you and wildlife.
- TROUBLE IN PARADISE: Viburnum leaf beetle will ravage certain species and varieties in a flash, others not so. Learn how to combat this pest with non-toxic October-through-April search-and-destroy missions.
More Fruit to Savor (and Share With Birds):
- WINTERBERRY HOLLIES: If I could only have two kinds of plants, hollies would rival viburnums for the top spot. Here’s why.
- GOLD-FRUITED CRABAPPLE: I’m crazy about Malus ‘Bob White,’ and so are my feathered friends.
- ARALIAS: I grow perhaps four species, but my favorite is a devilishly good one that robins and other thrushes love as much as I do.