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Viburnum lantana

common wayfaring tree

V. lantana is an upright deciduous shrub with finely toothed, broadly ovate grey-green leaves and domed clusters of small tubular white flowers in late spring, followed by ovoid red fruits which ripen to black

Other common names
cotton tree
coven tree
see morelithy tree
mealy tree
the cottoner
twistwood
wayfaring tree

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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 White Green Grey Silver
Summer White Green Grey Silver
Autumn Black Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Viburnaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
The fruit can cause a 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
Europe Asia Africa

How to grow

Cultivation

Suitable for shrub border or woodland garden. Grow in any moist but well-drained soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot

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