Viburnum lantana
Garden Plant Information

 

Viburnum lantana

 

Viburnum lantana - close-up

Name

Viburnum lantana (also called wayfaring tree)

Genus  

Viburnum

Species

lantana

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Vigorous deciduous shrub or small tree with white flowers in spring, followed by red fruits that eventually turn black. Good for hedging, screens, wildlife and informal gardens or as a small tree. Attractive to insects and birds.

Season of interest

Spring and autumn.

Key horticultural features

  1. Upright habit. H: 5m S: 4m

  2. Leaves mid-green, oval, pointed, lightly serrated with a slightly felt-like surface. Undersides are a lighter green.

  3. Flowers flattened, domed, clusters of fragrant creamy-white flowers in late spring and early summer.

  4. Flowers followed by egg-shaped fruits that start red and ripen to black.

Cultural details

Aspect

Sun or semi-shade.

Soil

Grows well on chalk and clay. Dislikes waterlogged ground.

Hardiness

Fully hardy.

Maintenance

Cut out older shoots after flowering.

Propagation

Take softwood cuttings in summer or plant seed in autumn.

 

 

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Published: 19-09-2005

Updated:   14-01-2006