Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn'
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- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: November to March
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Dense clusters of fragrant, dark pink flowers on bare stems from November to March and toothed, dark green leaves. This upright, deciduous shrub is perfect for perfuming winter walks. To fully appreciate the deliciously scented flowers plant in a moist, well-drained border close to an entrance or path in sun or partial shade.
- Garden care: After flowering prune established specimens, removing up to one in five of the oldest and weakest branches to the base. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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Wanted winter colour. Viburnums eventually grow into small trees and I have had this only a couple of years. It is doing well at 900 feet in the North of England, with no particular attention paid to it.
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Q:We have recently moved into this property and the Viburnum 'Dawn' has grown into a small tree and the top half is engulfed by ivy, which we are slowly stripping away.. What is the best way to proceed to rescue this shrub? How hard can I prune it and when?Asked on 22/1/2017 by Persevering Amateur from Chippenham, Wiltshire
These plants will tolerate quite hard pruning but I would do this after flowering in late spring.
You can either cut out up to one in five branches to the base by removing the oldest and weakest first, leaving the remaining branches unpruned so as not to affect flowering the following year. Alternatively if you can cut all the branches to the base and it usually reshoots.Answered on 23/1/2017 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:My Viburnam bodnantense Dawn planted earlier this year thrived well until a few days ago. Over a few days the leaves turned brown. What is the problem? Will it survive? Hel please.Asked on 4/10/2016 by narrowboater from Warboys, near Huntingdon
The forst thing that comes to mind is drought, so do make sure the plant is kept really well watered until it has become established. Do also keep in mind however that this shrub is deciduous, so it will lose its leaves in autumn - although this is usually a more gradual process.Answered on 5/10/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:My Viburnham bodnantense Dawn that I bought form Crocus in the spring has thrived well until now. All the leaves have curled and the plant looks as if it is dying. It is in full sun in the afternoons is the current weather too hot for it? I can find no evidence of aphid infestation.Asked on 23/7/2016 by chrisc from Stroud
The leaves of these shrubs can look a bit pendent at times and this is often a sign of stress. This could be caused by a number of cultutal things, but the most common are either too much or too little water.Answered on 28/7/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:My Viburnham Bodense Dawn, keeps having curled up leaves when they re-grow, has it got a disease of some kind??Asked on 31/5/2016 by violet from aberdeenshire.
This leaf curling may be caused by viburnum aphid. These tend to hit the young foliage in spring, but they usually become less troublesome as the summer progresses - however if you look carefully amongst the young leaves you may spot them. The only effective treatment is a systemic insecticide, which should be applied from early spring.Answered on 16/6/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:We have bark chippings as mulch over most of our borders while the new shrubs & plants are growing to help suppress the weeds. Do we still need to add garden compost or well rotted manure? If so, should we push aside the bark, apply the compost & replace the bark? Or would an application of liquid feed be easier? Please can someone advise us? ThanksAsked on 23/2/2015 by Beesotted from Bristol
The bark chippings will breakdown but it will be a slow process. If you want to improve your soil I would remove the bark chippings, then add a good composted compost, and then reapply your bark chipping mulch. Hope this helps.Answered on 4/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
I purchased this plant a couple of years ago but it does not seem to be thriving it has very few leaves and has never flowered. It is alive as it seems to be growing taller it is probably double the height it was when it was planted if not more. I am therefore assuming it would prefer a sunnier spot than it is currently in. Is that a logical assumption could anything else be causing this problem? If not when would be the best time to relocate this plant to a sunnier spot?Asked on 2/1/2015 by emi358 from Northamptonshire
It could well be that it is not getting enough light and it is reaching up towards the sun and light, but there could be other reasons that are affecting it's growth, such as lack of nurtrients, or a watering issue or it is crowded in a border.
These plants like full sun or partial shade normally, but if you thinbk it is due to lack of light then you can move it while it is dormant between October to March.
Hope this helps.Answered on 5/1/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hello, When will be the best time of the year to plant this tree, Viburnumxbodnantense'Dawn' ? It will be planted facing south-west, full sun in the afternoon. Thanks!Asked on 13/9/2014 by Learning trees from Nottingham
As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise, so you can plant now in September, but I would keep it well watered while we are having this dry spell.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 15/9/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
I would like to plant this shrub at the corner of an east/north facing border. The area receives morning light for a few hours everyday during the growing season. However this area is in full shade during the winter months. Will the flowering be affected by this lack of winter light or would it be OK because the buds are formed earlier in the year when it does receive more sunlight?
Thank you.Asked on 26/7/2014 by Terria from South
This plant can cope with partial shade, however if it is in full shade for any length of time, then this will have an impact on its flower production. If possible then, I would try to find a sunnier spot for it.Answered on 28/7/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I planted this shrub 6 weeks ago, now the flowers have died, is this normal or has it died or should I dig it up and put it somewhere else. It is in rather an exposed and windy position? Can you advise please
MargieAsked on 28/2/2013 by Kitty from Exeter, devon
This Viburnum is stated as having a long flowering period, though the flowers are produced most abundantly during milder spells. We are coming towards the end of its flowering season now too so it is quite likely its flowers for this year have naturally finished. The leaves should start appearing soon with spring and some warmer weather. I hope this helps. Sarah.Answered on 1/3/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge
Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards TerryAsked on 31/12/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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