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Viburnum cinnamomifolium
  • RHS AGM

cinnamon-leaved viburnum

V. cinnamomifolium is a large evergreen shrub with large, leathery, deep green, narrowly oval leaves with three prominent veins. Broad clusters of small dull white flowers in early summer are followed by blue-black berries

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Black Blue
Winter Black Blue
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Viburnaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
The fruits may cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
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
China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer, semi-ripe cuttings from midsummer to autumn or hardwood cuttings in winter. Layering can be carried out in spring and grafting in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8 after flowering in early summer. Can be hard pruned successfully in late spring

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by leaf spot and honey fungus

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