This charming shrub is gracing the Viburnum collection with bloom and scent.
A member of the Adoxaceae, the genus Viburnum contains over 150 species which occur mainly in the northern hemisphere, and which have given rise to numerous hybrids. This one is a selection of the hybrid Viburnum x burkwoodii, which was raised from crossing the Asian species V. carlesii and V. utile, and which honours the twentieth century English plant breeders, Albert and Arthur Burkwood. Several garden-worthy selections have arisen from this cross, including ‘Anne Russell’ and ‘Chenaultii’. V. ‘Chenaultii’ is an easy shrub with a compact habit. It has glossy, toothed foliage and produces corymbs of fragrant tubular flowers, which are flushed pink in bud and open to white, and these are followed by flattened, ellipsoid fruits in autumn.