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Viburnum, a very easy plant to grow and that creates perfect hedges. Nothing to criticize, indeed, and does not require much care, is satisfied with rain, for example, and does not want fertilizer or large pruning works. There are various types, all quite beautiful to see.
Viburnum - an ideal hedge plant
The genus of the Viburnum it includes about two hundred species of shrubs, we find them of all sizes, sometimes they are deciduous, others evergreen. As a plant, it comes from Asia and Europe and today it is widespread especially in gardens and gardens. Precisely because of its fame of ideal hedge plant.
It doesn't sound good but the Viburnum is an easy guy, if not easy, it shows rounded shapes that reach even 4 meters in height in a couple of years from their birth. The main use of this plant is undoubtedly the decorative one, also for the berries produced and which remain for a long time. There are certainly also flowers, collected in characteristic umbrella racemes, as indeed are the berries.
Among the varieties of evergreen Viburnum there is the Viburnum tinus, a compact shrub that can reach a height of about 3 meters, with a diameter of up to two. The leaves of this Tino they are oval and of a beautiful dark green, the flowers are in bunches and appear with their white color, both in winter and in spring, in autumn it is the turn of the fruits, recognizable by their dark blue color.
The V. Glossy it has shiny, bright green leaves, while the flowers remain white and appear between May and June. It is a very fast type to grow: it can reach 5 m in height, a performance that is usually not required since, if you want a hedge, it only needs to reach two or three meters. To create a hedge, you can also plant the V. Glossy at a distance of about 60 cm, between seedling and seedling, and wait for it to grow, that's so fast!
Among the deciduous varieties there is the Opulus, with oval leaves that form a hedge or a compact crown. Their color is dark, dark green, which creates a very nice contrast with the white flowers that sprout in bunches between spring and summer. You reach 4 meters in height and three in diameter with this Viburnum as well as particularly fragrant blooms. In autumn, however, we must be satisfied with red berries, not fragrant but decorative.
The species Lantana is characteristic for its bark, since it always has, like the other types of Viburnum, an oval crown, green leaves and flowers. The trunk and its branches, even external and falling, show different colors that create a fascinating effect. Yellowish tones of the young branches mix in our sight with more gray and brown, or rasacei, trunk and senior branches. Since they are very flexible, the young branches are often used as ties or as elements for weaving baskets.
The stems of the V. they are usually very branched so they are not afraid of even drastic pruning, they tolerate them very well and are aware that in order to keep themselves compact and in order, they are necessary operations. Let's avoid pruning during flowering, perhaps, and consider that the deciduous viburnum it blooms in spring while most evergreen species bloom in autumn or spring.
The diseases that threaten the health of V. are the leaf spot, the white disease and the basal rot, then it has other enemies such as the red spider, aphids, tarsonema and thrips. However, it is a plant that does not create problems, prefers sunny positions, does not fear the cold and if it is protected from the wind it gives even very early blooms.
About ten euros for each Viburnum plant, this is the average expense to have a beautiful, vigorous and not pretentious hedge. For example, at 11 euros you can buy them online seedlings in pots of 7 × 7 cm, 10 cm high (excluding pot) to be unpacked and watered immediately, as soon as they arrive home. In two or three days they recover from the trip and are ready to be a nascent hedge.
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