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Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’
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Viburnum x burkwoodii Anne Russell

Viburnum

Viburnum, whether evergreen or deciduous, is certainly a shrub for all seasons: there’s ‘Diana’ to usher in spring and ‘Summer Snowflake’ adorning graduation and June weddings. Blazing with autumn color, and all bearing lustrous fruit through winter to attract feathered visitors, these graceful shrubs exhibit an enduring cold hardiness.

They prefer rich, moist soil and bloom best in full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade.

Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’ full sun  partial shade

A recipient of the RHS award of merit in 1957, dense mounding ‘Anne Russell’ boasts pink buds and copious, 3 in. waxy white flowers, which exude the most divine scent. The glossy dark green leaves turn a luscious crimson-purple in the fall. We favor it as an informal hedge or as a semideciduous specimen for the shrubby border and come spring, indulge in its fragrance each time we pass by.

Blooms April.

Size: 6' high x 8' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’ (S-0069)
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