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A cluster of early spring pink flowers on Sweet Talker viburnum The small but powerfully fragrant flowers of Sweet Talker viburnum Glossy green foliage gives Sweet Talker viburnum great appeal in the landscape Sweet Talker viburnum grows in a landscape in North Carolina
  • Fragrant
  • Heat resistant
  • Vigorous

Fragrant viburnums are a favorite, but rarely are they fast and easy to grow - until now. From Tom Ranney and his team at NCSU, Sweet Talker viburnum offers deep pink tubular flowers that greet you in the early spring with a sweet, spicy, honey scent. The attractive, semi-evergreen foliage is a glossy forest green with an overcast of burgundy which intensifies in the autumn. Based on this hybrid's lineage of V. x bodnantense x V. suspensum, it is heat tolerant, viburnum beetle resistant, reasonably tolerant to deer and highly salt tolerant. It's great for hedging, privacy screens, or as a small tree. 

USDA Zone 7 - 8 (-0°F/-14.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun, Shade

Height 8 - 10'

Width 3 - 5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Semi-evergreen

Bloom Time Spring Rebloomer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Though adaptable to most soils aside from those that are very wet, this species prefers moist but well-drained and slightly acidic conditions.

Pruning Blooms on old wood - prune after flowering if desired.

Uses Specimen plant; mixed borders; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips Shade tolerant, though flowering and fall color is best with a minimum of 4-6 hours of sun each day.