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Viburnum Collection

Viburnums are shrubs with four seasons of interest. In the spring, they have white to pink flowers with attractive and often highly textured leaves. Some produce highly perfumed flowers and showy berries. In autumn their colourful foliage is often a feature.

A number of plants are of historical importance. Some are now rare in cultivation. The collection is registered with the Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia.

Best Viewed

  • Spring, Autumn
  • March, April, August, September, October


Viburnum × burkwoodii

Tough, all-round appealing shrub.


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Key Plants

Viburnum × burkwoodii

Tough, all-round appealing shrub.

Viburnum farreri

Perfumed flowers in winter.

Viburnum macrocephalum f. macrocephalum

The best flowering.

Viburnum opulus 'Notcutt's Variety'

Excellent berries.

Viburnum opulus var. calvescens 'Onondaga'

Superb early Spring foliage and flowers.

Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'

Horizontally–branched shrub.

Curator Notes

  1. Mulch to keep root-run cool and retain moisture.
  2. Spring and summer watering is beneficial in drier areas.
  3. Little pruning necessary.

Best Viewed

Spring for flowers and new foliage.
Autumn to early winter for autumn colour.



On the south-west edge of Tennyson Lawn, near B Gate