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PlantFiles: Sweet Viburnum
Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki 'Chindo'

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: odoratissimum var. awabuki
Cultivar: Chindo

Synonym:Viburnum awabuki
Synonym:Viburnum arboricola
Synonym:Viburnum odoratissimum var. arboricola

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Variegata On Jun 3, 2010, Variegata from Atlanta, GA wrote:

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.

Neutral dianagarner 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?

Neutral Crazyadam 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
Boynton Beach, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Brunswick, Georgia
Clarkesville, Georgia
Mcdonough, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Centreville, Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Locust Valley, New York
Durham, North Carolina
High Point, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Sanford, North Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Richmond, Virginia (2 reports)
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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