Not only blooms are attractive in plants. So are berries, especially if they are showing themselves from their best side in winter. In northern European latitudes, plant of the week – Viburnum betulifolium is doing a pretty good job. The vibrant, almost illuminating orange-red colour stands out spectacularly in a landscape that is otherwise mostly murky.
Plant of the week – Viburnum betulifolium – seen in mid January.
A deciduous shrub it looks great in spring and summer too with healthy foliage and pretty white blooms. In autumn the foliage turns an attractive burgundy colour. It’s a relatively fast grower, reaching maximum height of about 2.5 metres within 5-10 years.
It originates from Central/Western China, but is widely cultivated outside of this region. I can see why, the berries might have something to do with it. It’s a deciduous shrub with a bushy habitat. The plant seen here is thriving in partial shade, bordering on full shade but experts reckon it’s also partial to full sun. It’s not fussy about soil but likes it (moist) well-drained.
Plant of the week – Viburnum betulifolium is also known as birchleaf viburnum. This being due to its glossy, dark, birch-like leaves up to 10 cm long. It’s considered low maintenance and from a garden design perspective will look good in city, courtyard, cottage and informal gardens.