Fragrant Viburnum (Viburnum X juddii)

Fragrant Viburnum

Fragrant spring blooms, berries, and four-season color, the Fragrant Viburnum (Viburnum X juddii) is a hardy, medium-sized deciduous flowering shrub with a rounded form. Beautiful clusters of extremely fragrant pinkish-white blossoms appear in late spring and tickle your nose with their sweet spicy scent while calling pollinators and hummingbirds from near and far.

Fragrant Viburnum is one of the most elegant flowering shrubs that will give you pleasure for many years to come! Backed by a wider-than-tall rounded shrub full of textured dark green foliage, these grow 6-8 feet in height and spread to a nice 6- 10 feet wide. You can easily control the size with annual pruning after Fragrant is finished blooming.

However, you may not want to because once the fall sets in, the songbirds take over where the pollinators left off and arrive in droves to shelter in the dense branching and pluck off the black fruit in the autumn for added interest! If the birds don’t make off with the fruit, you’ll enjoy them through winter with a gorgeous flush of purple fall foliage color. You will want to plant an equally fragrant Korean Spice or Spice Baby Viburnum nearby for cross-pollination.

Planting and Application:

Fragrant is a deciduous plant that performs well as a shrub border and mixed-shrub patchwork shelterbelt. Group this Viburnum with large flowering shrubs, such as Lilacs and Rhododendron, for an outstanding addition to your landscape. Slow the wind, block prying eyes, stop drifting snow, and create banks of privacy for your yard with these flowering lovelies! For fragrant entertaining, create outdoor garden rooms for barbecues, yoga, reading or just enjoying your morning coffee!

These flowering shrubs are gorgeous when used for foundation plantings and property definition, and become dramatic backdrops to highlight perennial and cottage borders! But just one specimen anchors a garden bed, or hides an HVAC unit. However you use yours, Fragrant adds perfume anywhere in the sun or partial shade landscape!

  • Pink & White Clusters of Flowers
  • Highly Fragrant Blooms
  • Lush Dense Textured Green Foliage
  • Purple Fall Color & Black Berries for Songbirds
  • Hedges, Foundation Plantings, Screening & Wildlife

Tips for Care:

This Viburnum is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Fragrant Viburnum prefers moist loams but tolerates a wide range of soils so long as they are well-drained. Because these shrubs bloom on old wood, wait to prune until that flush of scented flowers are done, then prune. But to enjoy fruit as well, instead only renewal prune by removing the oldest, fattest stems a few at a time. This revitalizes the shrub by keeping berries and younger, more vigorous growth. Add a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch over your root system

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Adaptable to Most Well-Drained Soil Types
  • Provide Mulched Beds & Moderate, Regular Moisture
  • Prune After Flowering To Deadhead & Shape
  • Deer Don’t Prefer the Taste & Juglone Resistant
  • Easy-Care & Low Maintenance

Fragrant Viburnum (Viburnum X juddii) Details

Common name Fragrant Viburnum
Botanical name Viburnum X juddii
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 6 - 8 ft.
Width 6 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color White & Light Pink