PlantFiles: Sweet Viburnum Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki 'Chindo'
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Height: 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m) 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
I live in the city of Atlanta planted three in 2000 for a side-fence screen -- full sun. They limped along through two droughts, growing ever taller although not as fully as some pictures I've seen. I too watched each spring for blooms that never came. Two years ago, a few compound flowers appeared on the lower branches. This year, after a wet winter, the trees are covered with the blooms. 100's! The bees are very happy. Me, too. I had read that this cultivar, like many others, needs to mature before it flowers. Seems to be true indeed.
On Apr 8, 2010, dianagarner from Powder Springs, GA wrote:
I have been growing the Awabuki viburnum for about 6 years and have never had any flowers. The growth habit is rapid and the only problem has been our harsh winter this year but it is recovering nicely. I live in the Atlanta area and wonder if we are too cold for flowering?
On Jan 29, 2008, Crazyadam from Marietta, GA wrote:
I had a Chindo Viburnum planted in my garden in Marietta, GA about 3-1/2 years ago. It wasn't doing well in a pretty shady spot under some trees so I moved it to another location where it has greened up nicely even though it only gets morning sun for about 3 hours (unfortunately, the only truly sunny spot in my entire lawn is right in the middle of the front yard). I have found out that this viburnum is supposed to not only bloom with white flowers, but also set red fruit both of which has never occurred in the whole time it's been in the yard. Too little sun or does it need a mate?
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Childersburg, Alabama Briny Breezes, Florida Buckingham, Florida Gibsonia, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Kenneth City, Florida Macgregor, Florida Tampa, Florida Brunswick, Georgia Clarkesville, Georgia Druid Hills, Georgia Mcdonough, Georgia Baton Rouge, Louisiana Berwyn Heights, Maryland Centreville, Maryland Lattingtown, New York Durham, North Carolina High Point, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports) Sanford, North Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Ladys Island, South Carolina Austin, Texas Henrico, Virginia (2 reports) Virginia Beach, Virginia