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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Viburnum bodnantense 'Charles Lamont'Family: Caprifoliaceae
Pronounced: vy-BUR-num bod-nan-TEN-see
Sunset zones: 4-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 7-8.
Heat zones: 8-7.
Height: 10 feet (3 m).
Width: 6 feet (2 m).
Early to late winter.
Pure, bright pink, fragrant flowers on dark purple shoots.
Ovate, toothed, dark green leaves, opening in spring with bronze-tinted leaves.
Full sun to partial sun.
Fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
Softwood cuttings in early summer.
Hardwood cuttings in early autumn.
Prune after flowers fade. Prune out dead or broken branches.
Pests and Diseases:
Gray mold, rust, downy mildew, verticullum wilt, and leaf spots may occur. Aphids and weevils may be problematic.
Rainy Side Notes
If you believe winter is dreadfully dull and void of flowers, think again! Meet Viburnum 'Charles Lamont', who will bloom in the dead of winter when other plants dare not flower. The extraordinary fragrance, another reason to grow it, is used to attract pollinators that are few to be found in the winter months. We enjoy the benefits of its need to propagate itself.
This winter flowering viburnum is best planted in front of evergreen shrubs so the flowers stand out against a green background. This is a wonderful addition to the winter garden along with V. 'Dawn'. Both V. 'Dawn' and 'Charles Lamont' received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. The flowers can be cut and brought in for fresh winter blooms.
Photographed in author's garden.