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Viburnum Care Guide

Viburnum Care Guide

Whether you're just starting out or an experienced gardener, our essential care guide will help you grow your beautiful Viburnum in your garden.

Viburnums are grown for ornamental flowers, autumn colour and clusters of bright berries, varying in colour from blue, red or black.


  • Shrub, Evergreen
  • Not great for small gardens
  • Scented flowers
  • Perfect for hedging
  • Safe for children
  • Safe for pets

Botanical name

Viburnum tinus

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Where to plant

Choosing the right spot is important for your Viburnum to thrive with the right amount of space and sun.

Viburnum is a large genus of shrubs and small trees, prized for their attractive flowers, fruit, and foliage. Here is a general care guide for growing Viburnum:

Plant gift


Prepare your new Viburnum

Unpack your gift as soon as you can, it might be thirsty for some water (if the soils dry) and will be missing the light!

Planting a gift


Give it space and room to grow

When considering a spot for your plant, choose somewhere that is at least an inch wider than the pot all the way round. 

In a few years, your Viburnum can grow up to 3m spread and 3m spread.

Sun for plants


Give it some sun

Your Viburnum loves to be south facing, west facing and with dappled shade, full shade, full sun.

Plants that like the sun will enjoy sunny areas that warm up during the day. Southern facing gardens receive the most sun, and will suit plants that won’t frazzle in the heat. You can work out which way your garden faces with a compass (there’s one on your phone) which will point towards North.

Soil types

Step 4

Check your soil

Soil type differs from garden to garden. Your Viburnum will be happiest if your soil is like any of these:

Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

The texture and consistence of your soil is important also as it will determine the level of nutrition and drainage. If you think your soil might be the wrong type for your Viburnum, you could plant it in a pot or container instead!

Plant border

Step 5

Position in border

Picking the right spot to plant in a border affects how well Viburnum will grow and how the border will look overall.

Your Viburnum will be best growing in the back or middle of a border where they can stand out from the crowd of shorter plants at the front. They add colour, height, and make people look towards the back of the garden bed. 

Care for your Viburnum

By following these care tips, your Viburnum will thrive and provide you with beautiful and large flowers all season long.

  • Watering

    Water regularly, but allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Some Viburnum species are drought-tolerant, while others prefer moist soil.

    Learn: Watering plants 
  • Pruning

    Prune as needed to maintain shape and encourage new growth. The timing of pruning depends on the species and the time of flowering.

    Learn: Pruning 
  • Fertillising

    Apply a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

    Learn: Fertillising 
  • Pests & Diseases

    Keep an eye out for common pests like scale insects, aphids, and spider mites, and treat as necessary. Root rot can be a problem if the soil is kept too moist.

    Learn: Protect from bugs 
  • Protect

    With proper care, Viburnum can make a beautiful addition to any landscape or garden.

    Learn: Protect 
  • Need some help?

    Our Little Eden essentials course gives you all the basic skills you need to help your new plant thrive.

    Little Eden Essentials 

Your Viburnum Calendar

Our handy calendar helps you work out your planting and pruning seasons for your Viburnum.

  • Jan

  • Feb


  • Mar


  • Apr


  • May

  • Jun


  • Jul


  • Aug


  • Sep

    Plant, Fruits

  • Oct

    Plant, Fruits

  • Nov


  • Dec

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Ask us any question about your Viburnum and we'll be happy to help.

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