Viburnum odoratissimum Ker Gawl.

Sweet Viburnum

Family: Adoxaceae

Genus: Viburnum

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: (7)8 to 10

Size: To 20' tall

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Fragrant, white flowers in later summer. Leaves (opposite and sometimes in whorls of 3) rounder than Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki.

From Bot. Reg. A handsome upright smooth evergreen shrub; branches round, robust, beset with small warts.

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'Odoratissimum' = very fragrant.

Native to China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines. Understory tree.

First published in Bot. Reg. 6: 456 in 1820.

A handsome evergreen shrub, with blossom scarcely inferior in fragrance to that of the well-known Sweet Olive of India... The plant... was kindly sent to us by Sir Abraham Hume from the collection at Wormleybury, where it flowered last February for the first time in this country.


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