Located in the northwest corner of the Garden,the Viburnum Border stretches along the fence adjacent to Gift Avenue; and exhibits a very useful group of shrubs that will remain handsome most of the year. They are often noted for flowers in spring, followed by a fruit display and fall color. This multi-season character makes viburnum invaluable in any garden. Willowwood Viburnum Viburnum x rhytidophylloides ' Willowwood,' 15’ by 8-10’ spread (photo right) is a popular selection that often blooms in both the spring and summer and features creamy white flowers in the fall. It often retains green foliage into the winter. While Wentworth American Cranberrybush Viburnum Viburnum trilobum ‘ Wentworth,’ 10’ in height and spread, has large white flowers followed by handsome red berry clusters; maple-like leaves are tinged red in spring and have nice bugundy fall color
A new addition to the collection, Red Feather Viburnum Viburnum dentatum 'JN Select,' 8-10' height and 10-12' spread, bears beautiful reddish foliage highlighted by green veins, giving the leaves a colorful, feather-like design. White flowers with blue-black fruit and reddish-purple fall color (see photos). Blue Muffin Viburnum Viburnum dentatum 'Christom' is a newer form of Arrowwood Viburnum that is very useful in the garden because it is more compact than other viburnum, at 5-7' in height and 5’ in spread. It bears white flowers in early to mid-summer, blue-black fruit in late summer, and the fall color ranges from bronze to orange to burgundy.
Variegated Wayfaringtree Viburnum, Viburnum lantana ‘Variegatum,’ (see photo right) has foliage, streaked and splashed with gold. It is a 10-15' shrub with creamy white flowers followed by yellow-red-black fruit in fall.
Michael Dodge Viburnum Viburnum dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' is ornamental in three seasons. A rounded 6-10' shrub, it produces flat clusters of white flowers in spring, large handsome leaves for summer and fine red fall color to set off its clusters of yellow fruit. Mohican Viburnum Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’ is more drought tolerant. The creamy flower clusters of May are followed by black fruit clusters. Reaching a height of 8-10’ and a spread of 6-8’, its blue-cast foliage turns reddish purple in fall.
As a Botanical Garden we have some unusual viburnum in the collection. One of the lesser common viburnum in the collection is the Wright Viburnum Viburnum wrightii that can reach 9’ tall. It is often confused with Linden Viburnum Viburnum dilitatum. The white flowers are borne in flat clusters in late spring, followed by bright red fruits and red fall color. Another rather unique specimen is the Siebold Viburnum, Viburnum sieboldii , a large shrub or small tree, 20’ in height and 10-12’ spread. It forms white flower clusters followed with bright red to black fruit born on pink to red pedicel structures. This is one of the few viburnum with no significant fall color. Photo: Viburnum sieboldii