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Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'

 
Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'
burkwood viburnum
Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'
Gleaming bright red buds in late April

Common name burkwood viburnum
Family adoxaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z5-8)
Flowers red-tinged white snowballs (spring)
Size to 8'
Light sun-light shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Glossy dark green leaves. It has nice fall color and supposedly very fragrant flowers (I'm fragrance-challenged, so not a good judge). I dug a new section of the shrub border of our side garden especially to incorporate this one - so we have high hopes of its loveliness.
After being attacked by rabbits in its first winter, it took a season to recover. In the second winter, we protected it with a wire cage; it rewarded us with beautiful blooms in early May. The shrub has been slow to gain stature, though - it is still under three foot tall, a few years after it entered our garden.

burkwood viburnum
Color just turning in late October
Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'
Shortly after the flowers fade, shiny flat fruits develop
burkwood viburnum


Rabbits had their way with it in its first winter. It was a sad sight, but you can see new growth emerging already. It would eventually fully recover.
Epilogue: and then, in the spring of 2012, it just failed to return. Since the preceding winter was exceptionally mild, I think it's most likely that the soggy conditions in late summer and fall contributed to its demise. I may attempt it again sometime, since it was such a pretty shrub.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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