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November 3rd, 2021

Whorled Class – Walter’s Viburnum – is a good addition to any garden

by R.S. Walsh

Whorled Class – Walter’s Viburnum (Viburnum obovatum) is a lovely small shrub that grows quite well in our area. This plant has a mounding, compact form with dense, dark green foliage and clusters of small white flowers that bloom in spring, covering much of the plant.

This Viburnum has a moderate growth pattern and will reach a height of 4-5 feet and about that in width, making it a great choice for a hedge, foundation planting, or planted around the base of a larger tree as an accent. Its compact, rounded shape also makes it a good choice for both formal or informal garden areas or as a mass planting. This variety loves full sun to even partial sun. Its leaves are petite and glossy and when it blooms is really is quite showy in a subtle, classy way.

This plant is easy to care for and can tolerate many planting conditions. Water it regularly when first planted and once established it will tolerate some drought, as well as wet conditions and sandy soil. Prune lightly to maintain the shape and fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer blend.

This small shrub with its little leaves and showy clusters of white blooms is a good addition to any garden and blends well with traditional formal landscapes as well as more modern landscapes. Its versatility and easy care make it a winner.

This plant column is a joint effort by all at In The Garden, Sanibel’s garden center, 3889 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel Island.

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