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Viburnum – Fast Growing Hedge

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Viburnum Tinus and Odoratissimum are the two common hedging Viburnums. There are two significant differences between the two. “O” is very fast growing and larger leafed compared to “T”. It’s much easier to keep T to a smaller hedge than O for these reasons so, again, make sure you get your decision right.

If you’re looking for a plant to cover a property boundary quickly (or at least as quickly as a plant can), then look no further than Viburnum Odoratissimum. You won’t get a strictly formal look because of the large leaf size, but if you prune to size on a regular basis you’ll cover the desired space in the shortest time possible.

Biggest Positive: Quick growing for Odoratissimum, smaller leaf for Tinus.

Biggest Negative: Tinus is much slower growing, Odoratissimum has the large leaf which means width will be necessary at maturity.

NameViburnumTinus, Oderatissimum
LeafNewGreen to Lime Green
OldGreen to Lime Green
SizeO'mum: Large
Tinus: Medium - Large
FragrantO more so than T
Time of YearSpring
AgeingPretty Good
SizeHeightO'mum: 2 -4m
Tinus can be kept to 1.5m
RateMedium to Fast per above

Prune early, Prune Often. The most common mistake is to get the height right first and then expect your hedge plants to bush out later. Get the bushy “mesh” effect first by pruning the tops and faces to encourage lateral growth to the base.

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