Impulse buy and mystery shrub!!! (help me ID!)

ostrich(3a AB)August 17, 2012

Uh oh.... the NE Calgary Canadian Tire store with the great garden centre is having a 60% off sale for all their trees and shrubs... so of course I just had to participate in this event!!! LOL! Impulse buy is not a good thing, but how could I resist these at a much reduced price:

- Golden Spirit Smokebush - this thing is just BEAUTIFUL! Will it survive our climate though? Sigh...

- Arnold Red Honeysuckle

- Ninebark "Little Devil"

- Northern Hi-Lights azalea (yes, need to winter protect!)

And then there's this "mystery shrub" - it's so healthy looking and so beautiful that I just had to get it, even though the tag is completely missing (OK, OK, it's $10 only so it's alright to gamble here! LOL). So please help me ID this beauty - it looks like a viburnum to me, doesn't it? But what are those buds? The leaves are perfectly oval and the younger ones have a "felt" like upper and lower hairy surfaces while the older leaves are not hairy on the upper surface but hairy on the lower side.

So what is this please?

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Pudge 2b

It looks like Mohican viburnum. I have one - so far has been completely hardy and keeps a great rounded shape. Mine broke from snow load one winter and i thought that great shape was done but its come back beautifully. Nice blooms in late spring, an all around great shrub.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 12:26AM
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ostrich(3a AB)

Thanks, pudge! That was extremely helpful indeed - yes, I think the leaves look just like Mohican viburnum indeed!!! :-)

How big is yours now? How long have you had it for?

Are those "buds" (as shown in my awful picture above) really the flower buds for next year?

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 1:35AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Thanks so much, Ostrich, for posting the pic of your mystery shrub! I've been meaning to do the same. I thought it was a viburnum but the leaves didn't seem to match the pictures i found of viburnums. But it's exactly what i have and now i know the name.

I've had it for 6-8 years now and it has grown beautifully. It's about 8 feet tall now and nicely rounded, as Pudge says. Only thing is that it's starting to overflow on to the steps of the deck, so i guess we have to move the steps, eh? :>

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 8:42AM
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Ostrich, a friend has both the Mohican viburnum and a variegated form happily thriving in her low lying zone 2 garden located near Rimbey, AB. Yes, those are the flower buds for next year and my friend says they reliably bloom for her.

The smokebush will freeze back to the ground and act as herbaceous shrub, that's if it does not outright winterkill completely, so indeed protect it well for winter. I have the regular dark purple variety that performs as a perennial, though I know of one large shrub in Edmonton that has been hardy to the tips and I should have gone earlier this summer and requested permission to take a few snips.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 3:13PM
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Pudge 2b

I've had mine since 2006 and, as I said earlier, it suffered some damage from snow. Even still, I had to trim it back this year after bloom as I'm hoping to keep it at about 4'. As Terry said, yes, those are flower buds for next year and they have always survived winter. It will also form little red berries after bloom.

Here's a photo of mine in bloom earlier this year - as you can see it blooms about the same time as the lilacs.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 3:35PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

pudge, you have a very nice shrub hedge with the lilac and the Mohican Viburnum! What a lovely shrub.

I hope that I will find the space for this lovely shrub. If it stays around 4' that will be perfect. Any larger, I am in trouble...!!! Does viburnum like really stay smaller with trimming/pruning?

Thanks for the great photo.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 11:36AM
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ostrich(3a AB)

marcia, thanks! 8' tall!? Oh my.... maybe I will not have the room for it then! Sigh.... let me go find space STAT! LOL

twrosz, I wondered about that for the Smokebush Golden Spirit. If it does die back over winter and then home back as a herbaceous perennial, how tall will it get? In fact, how tall and wide does yours get please? I know that yours is not a Golden Spirit, but I am just curious roughly how big it will be so I can plan for my precious garden space!

Thanks again everyone!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 11:39AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Ostrich, go to the gallery and to the post about June 3rd garden pics. The mohican is in the third pic down, the one with the alliums. It's in the background by the trellising.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 7:09PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

WOW! marcia, I had no idea that there's a gallery here! Thanks for telling me about it!

BTW, that thing is BIG!!! Ouch.... I really don't have the space for it. That really teaches me about impulse buying!!! Yikes....

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 10:04PM
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Ostrich, the smokebush is about 3 1/2 ft x 2' wide ... though, has thrown one stem to my height of 5'9".

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 11:17PM
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