Viburnum × hillieri 'Winton'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June
- Flower colour: creamy-white
- Other features: red fruits ripening to black in autumn, which can cause a mild stomach ache if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Once established, this luscious shrub will keep most of its leaves throughout the year, but while still young, you can expect it to shed most of them each autumn, unless it is planted in a sheltered garden. The foliage however is lovely. When it emerges in spring (no matter how old the plant is), it is flushed with a copper hue, which fades as they mature. Becoming green with age, the foliage will then become infused with a bronze-red colouring in autumn, and this will often remain through winter. On top of this, there is also an abundance of beautifully scented, creamy-white flowers, which appear in spring, and later red berries ripen to near-black. Definitely worth a place on the short-list.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Where necessary remove any misplaced or diseased branches in mid-summer after flowering.
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