Unique Viburnum with cute rounded evergreen leaves which are unmatched elsewhere in the genus. Clusters of small white flowers are in keeping as is the resultant black fruit. There is something universally appealing about this plant which must be the cute factor and somehow it manages to retain this even as a larger shrub to 8' tall.
A collection by Peter Zale from northern Myanmar of this distinctly different form of the widespread Viburnum cylindricum. We have seen this species in Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou and grown it from these areas as well as two collections from Vietnam. This collection is instantly distinguishable from all of these even at a young age.
Dwarf, slow growing and ever so compact version of this late winter to early spring light pink flowering shrub. Pink flowers on bare twigs hold up well even when frozen at 20F and the sight of these valiant harbingers of spring sends the black dog of winter back to its kennel. Our 28 year old plant is a 4' twiggy triumph of intentional foliar density especially in fall when it turns reddish-purple.
F2 plants from the original wild collection of this rare species. This is a very handsome thing with superb glossy textured leaves and showy displays of red fruit. Just looking at it, we thought - bummer, can't possibly be hardy but heard from one of the collectors that it handled zero Fahrenheit so woohoo! We later saw for ourselves the reason why as we climbed on Mt Fansipan, "The Roof of Indochina' and saw this growing near the summit. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy.
A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. We have gotten rather picky about collecting Viburnum as there are some that simply don't cut the mustard ornamentally but this one caused not even momentary hesitation. Glossy evergreen leaves with constellations of small gleaming blue fruit in the fall made an altogether dashing presentation.
A collection by Philip Mac Dougall from Taiwan that we have yet to identify as we have not had the time to sit back with a glass of cerebellum enhancement fluid in the evening while we pore over the Flora of Taiwan. The glossy leaves are ample justification for growing this evergreen shrub. White flowers we presume.
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