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Viburnum x juddii (Judd Viburnum)

Judd Viburnum

viburnum x juddii, Judd Viburnum
viburnum x juddii, Judd Viburnum
viburnum x juddii, Judd Viburnum

Viburnum x juddii is a deciduous shrub known for its fragrant, snowball-like clusters of pinkish-white flowers, offering a sweet vanilla scent.

Viburnum x juddii: An In-depth Look

Native: This hybrid originated in the United States at the Arnold Arboretum, combining traits from Viburnum carlesii and Viburnum bitchiuense.

Plant Type and Habit: It is a deciduous shrub with a rounded, bushy growth habit, making it ideal for mixed borders and foundation plantings.

Size: Typically, Judd Viburnum grows to a height of about 6-8 feet (180-240 cm) and a width of 6-10 feet (180-300 cm).

Flowers: The shrub produces abundant clusters of fragrant, pinkish-white flowers resembling snowballs, 3-5 inches (7-12 cm) wide, especially when fully opened. Expect blooms from mid to late spring, offering a burst of fragrance and color.

Fruits: After the flowering phase, berry-like drupes emerge, maturing from red to black as the season transitions from late summer to early fall. They add another layer of visual interest.

Foliage: The foliage features dark green leaves that can be ovate to ovate-oblong in shape. These leaves, measuring up to 2.5 inches (6 cm) long, turn to shades of burgundy purple to red in the fall.

Hardiness: It is hardy in USDA zones 4-8, making it quite versatile and resilient in varying climate conditions.

Uses: Useful for border plantings, hedges, or as a solitary specimen; also famous for its fragrant cut flowers.

 Wildlife: The berries attract birds, while the flowers can bring in various pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

Deer and Rabbits: This plant is mildly deer-resistant. It is moderately to severely damaged by rabbits.

Toxicity: Generally considered non-toxic to humans and pets, but ingestion in large amounts can cause mild stomach upset.

Drought: Once established, it can tolerate short periods of drought but prefers consistently moist soil for optimal growth.

Invasiveness: There is a low risk of becoming invasive, especially since it is a cultivated hybrid.

Benefits: This shrub offers multi-seasonal interest through its fragrant flowers, berries, and foliage. It is relatively low maintenance, making it ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners.

How to Grow and Care for Judd Viburnum

Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade for optimal flowering and fruiting.

Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types but prefers moist loams.

Water: Requires moderate watering; water deeply when the soil is dry to the touch, but avoid waterlogging. Established plants can tolerate short dry spells.

Fertilizer: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. An additional application in late summer can boost flowering and fruiting.

Pruning: Best done immediately after flowering to shape the plant and remove any dead or damaged branches. However, this will eliminate the summer fruit display.

Propagation: Softwood cuttings can be used for propagation during the summer months, while semi-ripe cuttings are best taken from midsummer through autumn. Hardwood cuttings are ideal for winter propagation. Additionally, layering can be performed in the spring season, and grafting is most effective when done in late summer.

Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to most pests and diseases. However, watch out for aphids, viburnum beetle, root rot and botrytis. Apply appropriate treatments as needed.

Following these care guidelines will help ensure a healthy and vibrant Judd Viburnum, offering fragrant flowers, attractive foliage, and berries that can serve as both an aesthetic and functional addition to your garden.

Viburnum: How to Grow and Care with Success


Want to learn how to grow and care for Viburnum like a pro? Follow these simple steps and enjoy the beauty of these striking shrubs.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fragrant, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fragrant, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden
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Do I Need?
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