kkbix(z5 Indy)March 17, 2006

Do Viburnums grow well in the shade? I have several that I planted along a forest edge and they will be in full to partial shade. Will they grow ok? Anyone have experience with Viburnums in shade?

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janetr(Ottawa USDA 4a)

I sure hope so! I planted one in shade last year. It didn't get leggy, was nice and green and is full of leaf buds this spring. So far so good. I suppose flowers this year is an unreasonable expectation, but hope springs eternal...

What variety do you have?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 2:39PM
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kkbix(z5 Indy)

I planted 5 Autumn Jazz, 1 Blue Muffin and 1 Arrowwood. 3 will be in fairly deep shade, 2 in partial shade and 1 will get a decent amount of sun. I'm not necessarily concerned about them not growing...I'm just worried that they won't bloom and fruit in the shade. Anyone else with any insight?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 3:43PM
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bunnycat(z6 NY)

We moved to our current location over 10 years ago. Four large shrubs..more like small trees, were on the east side of the house. Some had no flowers, some had about six. The leaves and and flowers looked like my viburnms that grew in our previous full sun yard....but I thought they couldn't possibly be viburnums. My other viburnums were overloaded with flowers.

We now live in an oak forest, and after cutting down dozens of small, medium and large oaks, we still have about 40 large trees on a half acre. The change after cutting down and limbing up trees was immediate. The viburnums now get all day dappled sun, and a couple of hours of direct sun. They bloom profusely.

My guess is that the viburnums are somewhat shade tolerant, but need a certain amount of sun to flower and fruit heavily.


    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 6:45PM
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I agree with Bunnycat that viburnums prefer some sun. The one viburnum that I use a lot in shade (no direct sun areas) is leatherleaf viburnum (rhytidophylloides). I have found it to be quite drought tolerant (I plant it under large maples), its foliage looks good almost year round (it is semievergreen in my USDA zone 5) and it has some blooms even without direct sun. If you want it to be compact in shade, you will need to prune it, as otherwise it has a more open habit (which I still find attractive, but not so useful if you want a dense screen). Also, I have found it to be unaffected by the viburnum beetle.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2006 at 6:58AM
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I had a Viburnum growing under a Sweet Gum tree...for 10 got huge...not alot of flowers...but it served my purpose for planting it gave some privacy...and I would plant Impatiens in front of it every Spring...I say HAD because a week husband decided to do some shrub pruning with a chain saw...I gasped when I saw that he had cut the viburnum down to the ground, leaving only much for respecting anothers' plants!...when I asked him Why? why?...he confessed that he never liked it and thought it was ugly.
He 'secretly' he thought, got our daughter to order 2 Christmas hollies to replace it. (We have enough hollies already)...
Beware of men with chain saws in their hands...ha

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 12:11PM
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bunnycat(z6 NY)

If he didn't dig up the stump, you will probably see suckers very soon. It will grow back into a bush before long.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 12:24PM
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magda(Z 5b/6aOnt Can)

I have three in the shade (partial to almost full) and they are doing very well: Viburnum Shasta, Viburnum Summer Snowflake- almost full shade between a yew and a pine tree, and a self seeder Leatherleaf Viburnum squeezed between the pine tree and a honeysuckle. They all flower very well, and I am in love with them :)
I feel very sorry for you Ashli.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 8:30AM
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Some doublefiles in thickly dappled under high oaks. No more than an hour of direct sun. Leggy, but flowering and and otherwise healthy. I still think they are nice, and they are more subtle then the puffballs in full sun - at least that's what I tell myself ;)

Here's one hiding behind a branch.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 10:32AM
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Very nice, Gregg. It's flowering beautifully. You are lucky you have high oaks to garden under. I inherited dozens of 50 year or older maples and wish they were oaks.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 7:20AM
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Any good viburnums to plant under oaks that also have winter interest? Thank you.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 12:05PM
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