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Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn Viburnum Dawn is an AGM-winning deciduous shrub with highly scented pinky white winter flowers. This winter flowering shrub suits mixed borders and most garden styles.
There are many varieties of Viburnum, generally quite a popular garden plant. They have been used in UK gardens since the 16th century when they were brought across from the Mediterranean. Viburnum Bodnantense is a mid to large shrub with strong upright habit. The Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn cultivar is the result of cross-breeding in Bodnant, Wales. Its hardy nature and scented pollinator-friendly winter flowers have gained it the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Winter is the best time for Viburnum Dawn. Its bare branches are adorned with red buds which open to pinky white clusters of tiny flowers. New flowers regularly bloom so the shrub is in flower for several months. The flowers are highly scented - if you’ve taken a winter walk and noticed a sweet fragrance it’s most likely a viburnum. Bushy foliage grows in spring as the flowers turn to small berries. The ovate foliage is dark green and forms a strong backdrop for seasonal flowers.
Height And Spread of Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn Viburnum Dawn can reach a maximum height of 2.5 metres and spread over 1.5 metres. It can be kept smaller with regular pruning.
How Hardy Is Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn This is a very hardy shrub that can tolerate drought once established and is frost-hardy if the roots are well-drained. It can cope with pollution and rarely is bothered by pests.
How To Use Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn Because the sweet scent of the flowers is so attractive, it’s best to plant Viburnum Dawn somewhere you can appreciate it such as near a door or a pathway. They also suit a sunny to partially shady woodland garden or a mixed shrub border. You can grow Dawn in a large pot or container but it should be regularly watered and fed.
How To Care For Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn Shade planted viburnum will grow towards the light, so choose a sunny to a partially shady spot. It is frost tolerant but severe frost may damage the buds. It's best to find a frost-pocket free area to grow winter flowering shrubs. Viburnum Dawn will grow in any type of well-drained soil and doesn’t require pruning. If you’d like to restrict its height or spread cut back branches by a third and prune out old wood in early spring. Water well until established and mulch once a year for the best flower display in winter.