Viburnum Hedge

Viburnum Hedge

Viburnum shrub plants are good candidates for hedging purposes because of their dense foliage and their beautiful visual styles for lining up easily. There is a variety of viburnum plants can be used as hedging plants including the deciduous, evergreen and semi-evergreen species. You should do some research beforehand to pick up some species most suitable for your needs. The deciduous species will shed their leaves in winter, leaving some bare branches at the border of your garden. The semi-evergreen and evergreen species will keep their leaves in winter, but the semi-evergreen plants will still lose some leaves once a year.

For maintaining some healthy viburnum hedges, one of the most important things needing to do is to leave some space when planting the plants and to do some maintenance work from time to time. It is a fast-growing shrub plant which can grow up to 2 feet within a single year. Most formal hedges are using evergreen viburnum varieties and they can be sheered into different shapes. Some special tools like clippers can be used to do the sheering work. Like other shrub plants, viburnum plants prefer well-drained soil and full sunlight. They can also grow happily in partial shade conditions.

The best time to plant viburnum plants is in autumn although other season is also ok. If you tend to do some formal hedges in the future, you need to leaves some suitable spaces such as one foot between each individual plant. For informal styles, the gap should be larger to more than three feet. Once planted, you should do some heavy pruning work and cut them to a height of less than 10 inches above the ground. This can facilitate the plant to grow dense foliage. After that, no heavy pruning work is required until it reach desired height. After they successfully establish their roots, you can do some routine pruning work and cut them in half for the new growth to keep them tidy and healthy.

Image provided By Bruce Marlin [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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