Common Name: Pink Dawn bodnant viburnum
Botanical Name: Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Pink Dawn’
Form: upright, narrow to vase-shape
Hybrid: x bodnantense
Plant Type: multi-stemmed deciduous shrub
Mature Size: 8’-10’ x 4’ x 6’
Origin: garden hybrid - cross between V. farreri & V. grandiflorum
Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9
Foliage: green, 2-4" long, toothed, ovate and narrow, deep red fall colour
Flowers: fragrant tubular pale pink flowers held in flattish droopy 1-2" wide clusters on leafless stem from winter into
Fruit: showy red berries mature to black in fall
Stems: cinnamon colour
Exposure: sun to part shade
Soil: moist, well-drained
Uses: specimen, spring/winter gardens, hedge, hedgerow, woodland garden, shrub borders, foundations, cur flower, screen, fragrant, butterfly and bird gardens
Propagation: softwood cuttings in summer
Pruning: right after flowering
Problems: flowers vulnerable to frost damage so place in protected location
This hybrid viburnum has something to offer throughout the year: late winter to early spring bubble-gum pink fragrant flowers, nice shape with green foliage in the summer, attractive berries in fall with colourful autumn foliage. It’s easy to grow with no pests and provides a winter garden with heady fragrance from their delicate drooping flower clusters.
Not only does the bodnant viburnum cheer up a dull winter garden, it also attracts wildlife. Butterflies love the perfumed flowers and birds devour the berries.
Bodnant viburnums tend to get leggy with age and bear fewer flowers. To rejuvenate them totally remove a third of the older stems right down to the base and cut back the remaining stems by one-third right after they finish flowering.