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Vaccinium cylindraceum (new)

From the Azores, yet fully hardy, this semi-evergreen species holds foliage until well into the New Year. Short racemes of very showy cylindrical flowers are borne on the branchlets in late summer and autumn; red in bud opening pale yellow-green, strongly tinged red, followed by bloomy blue-black berries. For lime free soil.

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Vaccinium glaucoalbum

Beautiful in new growth in spring, this evergreen gently suckering small to medium sized shrub for acid soil reaches about 1.5m. New foliage emerges icy blue and turns to grey-green above with a vividly blue-white underside. Racemes of cylindrical pale pink flowers surrounded by silvery white bracts in May and June. Blue-bloomy, black berries often persist into winter.

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Viburnum atrocyaneum Hird 113

An unusual Himalayan, hardy evergreen species of dense bushy habit, deserving of wider attention, making a medium to large shrub. Very pretty small glossy foliage, copper tinted when young. Bunches of small steely blue fruit lasting into winter. Any reasonable soil in sun/semi-shade. These are from wild collected seed.

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Viburnum awabuki

Viburnum awabuki

A large, noble evergreen shrub for a reasonably sheltered position, bearing strikingly glossy, rich green, leathery leaves. Older leaves turn bright red before falling. Large conical heads of fragrant white flowers in late summer followed by red fruits turning black. Often erroneously called V. odoratissimum.

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Viburnum betulifolium

A large hardy shrub grown for the superb display of vivid redcurrant-like fruits, seen en-masse in autumn and lasting well after leaf drop, though the corymbs of white flowers in June and July beautiful. Initially upright, the branches spread out to show flower and fruit. These are seed raised, therefore good for pollination purposes. Plant at least two for better fruit set.

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Viburnum betulifolium AM clone

A large hardy shrub grown for the superb display of vivid redcurrant-like fruits, seen en-masse in autumn and lasting well after leaf drop, though the corymbs of white flowers in June and July are also fine. Initially upright, the branches spread out to show flower and fruit. This is Wilson's original Award of Merit clone from 1936. Plant another clone for better fruit set.

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Viburnum carlesii 'Charis' (new)

A well known spring flowering shrub of medium size, bearing deliciously sweetly scented flowers in tight clusters. In this extremely vigorous form the rounded flower heads have red buds and open pink, turning finally to white. Easy on any ordinary soil, in sun or semi-shade.

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Viburnum carlesii 'Diana' (new)

A well known spring flowering shrub of medium size, bearing deliciously sweetly scented flowers in tight clusters. In this form the rounded flower heads have red buds and open pink, and the new foliage is purple tinged. A slow growing compact form. Easy on any ordinary soil, in sun or semi-shade.

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Viburnum davidii 'Angustifolia'

An unusual slim leaved form of this otherwise commonly grown and tough as old boots evergreen dwarf shrub. Glossy, dark, deeply veined, narrow foliage and flat heads of white flowers in summer, making a good ground cover in sun or shade. This is a strangely rare form.

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Viburnum erubescens VdL 4122 (new)

A medium to large sized shrub with deciduous elliptic foliage and paniculate, pendent clusters (rather unusual in Viburnum) of fragrant white flowers tipped pink (in this rare clone), borne in summer. Fruit start red and turn black. Collected on the Milke Danda, Nepal. Any ordinary soil, but best sheltered in the coldest most exposed gardens.

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Viburnum furcatum

An aristocratic species from Japan and Taiwan, making a large, deciduous, hardy shrub. White lacecaps in May, followed by red fruits, turning black. The broad, potentially large, conspicuously veined foliage turns to brilliant scarlet and reddish-purple over a long period in late summer and autumn. These, grafted onto V. lantana, will grow in limy soil, as it does here!

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Viburnum harryanum (new)

A medium sized evergreen Chinese species of distinct appearance, having very small, rounded, dark green leaves, only 1 to 2cm long. White flowers borne in spring followed by shining black fruit. A useful, different and highly attractive textural shrub.

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Viburnum hoanglienense (new)

Officially described as recently as 2011, this new species was collected on Fan Si Pan Mt, N. Vietnam, where it grows at up to 3000m asl. A shrub to 2m in the wild, but shorter in cultivation, with densely hairy and conspicuously deeply veined foliage. Terminal cymes of cylindrical white flowers in July, followed by clusters of scarlet fruit.

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Viburnum mullaha KR 10609 (new)

A very unusual Himalayan to South East Asian species, forming a large shrub with ovate deciduous foliage 9 to 15cm long, with a deeply dentate upper half. Clusters of white flowers in May/June, followed by initially yellow then brilliant red berries. This collection from Arunachal Pradesh.

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Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty'

This fine deciduous shrub from the eastern USA deserves wider planting. Dark, glossy green leaves look like they should be evergreen, but colour deep-red in autumn. Long stalked clusters of creamy-white flowers borne in June, followed by pink fruit, turning blue-black. Thrives in most soils apart from thin and limey, in sun or semi-shade. To about 2m tall.

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Viburnum odoratissimum var. arboricola

Collected in the mountains of Taiwan, this is a distinct variety of the species with oblong foliage of a thinner texture than the species and with a matt upper surface. The white flowers are in conical branched terminal heads in late summer, followed by a mass of red berries if pollinated. Makes a large shrub eventually, totally hardy here even through 2010.

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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Shoshoni' (new)

A smaller growing form selected in the USA and reaching about 2m max at maturity. The tiered arrangement of the branches smothered on their upper side with pure white lacecap heads of flower creates a classically beautiful effect. The ovate leaves turn to rich reddy purples in autumn. Easy on most soils.

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Viburnum propinquum var. propinquum Guiz 222 (new)

An unusually broad leaved and particularly attractive form of this unusual species from Guizhou, SW China. Foliage is broadly elliptic, deep glossy green, distinctly three veined in the style of Cinnamomum and evergreen, sitting on red tinted petioles and stems. A medium sized dense rounded shrub with slightly tiered branching, suited to a sheltered site.

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Viburnum setigerum

Viburnum setigerum

A fine shrub with many attractive features, though rarely encountered in gardens or trade. A medium sized deciduous species with an open habit; the foliage emerging metallic blue-red-green, turning through shades of green and then finally orange-red in autumn. Clusters of juicy, orange-red berries, turning scarlet, follow the white early summer flowers.

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Viburnum x globosum 'Jermyns Globe'

Viburnum x globosum 'Jermyns Globe'

A tough small to medium sized evergreen shrub of dense, rounded habit, with flat topped clusters of small white flowers in spring (and other times of year), followed by bluish black berries. Sun or semi shade. A hybrid between the common V. davidii and the obscure V. calvum.

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