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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'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
Red buds opening to pink fragrant flowers that fade to white flushed with pink as they age.
Ovate toothed dark green leaves, burnished bronze foliage in autumn.
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, and Verticullum wilt, and leaf spots may occur. Aphids and weevils may be problematic.
Rainy Side Notes
This winter flowering viburnum is best planted in front of evergreen shrubs so the flowers stand out against a green background. Since they are fragrant plant them along a path that is frequented during the winter months. They bloom in the dead of winter and flowers hold up well during frosts. Excellent as a cut flower. This is a wonderful addtion to the winter garden along with V. 'Charles Lamont'. Both V. 'Dawn' and 'Charles Lamont received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. V. Dawn was chosen for 2003 Great Plant Picks.
Photographed in author's garden.