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Viburnum lantana ‘Aureum’ (Wayfaring Tree)

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Viburnum lantana ‘Aureum’ is a unique and visually striking cultivar of the Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana). It stands out due to its golden-yellow leaves, providing a luminous quality to any garden setting.

Viburnum lantana ‘Aureum’: An In-depth Look

Native: The parent plant, Viburnum lantana, is native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. The ‘Aureum’ cultivar was developed for specific ornamental characteristics.

Plant Type and Habit: This is a deciduous shrub with a dense and rounded habit, making it ideal for hedges and borders.

Size: It grows to a height of approximately 6-8 feet (180-240 cm) and has a similar spread, making it suitable for medium to large garden spaces.

Flowers: The shrub produces clusters of small, creamy-white flowers visually contrasting with its golden-yellow foliage. It blooms during late spring to early summer, providing a welcome burst of color and fragrance in the garden.

Fruits: After flowering, it develops small red berries that mature into a black color. These berries are visually appealing but are not recommended for human consumption.

Foliage: The hallmark of ‘Aureum’ is its golden-yellow leaves that maintain their vibrant hue through most of the growing season. The foliage can add light and color to shaded areas of the garden.

Hardiness: Generally hardy in USDA zones 4-7, this shrub is quite resilient and can tolerate a variety of climate conditions.

Uses: The plant is primarily used for ornamental purposes, particularly as a contrasting plant in borders or as a standalone focal point. Its size also makes it suitable for creating privacy screens.

Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, while the berries provide a food source for various bird species.

Deer and Rabbits: The shrub has a level of resistance against deer, making it a favored choice for areas with a significant deer population. Rabbits might occasionally nibble on it.

Toxicity: Though a visual treat, the fruits are toxic when ingested and can cause stomach upsets. Care should be taken if planting in areas accessible to pets or children. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.

Drought: Once established, the ‘Aureum’ cultivar shows a good degree of drought tolerance but prefers regular watering for optimal growth and appearance.

Invasiveness: Less invasive than its parent species, its growth can still be vigorous. It’s advisable to monitor its spread, especially in regions where it is not native. Check where Wayfaring tree is invasive in the U.S.

Benefits: Apart from its aesthetic appeal, the plant is also beneficial for wildlife and is low-maintenance, requiring minimal care once established. Its unique foliage color provides an excellent backdrop for other plants or garden elements.

Key Facts: The defining features of Viburnum lantana ‘Aureum’ are its golden-yellow leaves, its versatility in various garden designs, and its low maintenance needs. It offers multi-seasonal interest—spring flowers, summer fruits, and colorful foliage—that makes it a valuable addition to any garden.

How to Grow and Care for Wayfaring Tree

Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade. A minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight is ideal for optimal growth.

Soil: Adaptable to a wide range of soil types but prefers well-drained, moderately fertile loam.

Water: Regular watering is essential, especially in dry conditions. Once established, it shows reasonable drought tolerance.

Fertilizer: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring. Organic matter like compost can also be beneficial.

Pruning: Best pruned immediately after flowering to maintain shape and control size. Remove any dead or diseased branches. However, this will eliminate the summer fruit display.

Propagation: Can be propagated via softwood cuttings in early summer or by seed sown in a cold frame in autumn.

Pests and Diseases: Generally disease-resistant but can be susceptible to aphids, viburnum beetle, root rot, botrytis. This shrub is reported to be resistant to bacterial leaf spot. Apply appropriate treatments as needed.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your Viburnum lantana will thrive and contribute its multi-seasonal beauty 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 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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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)

Recommended Companion Plants

Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss)
Erythronium (Trout Lily)
Fritillaria

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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 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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