Shrub ID please

sam_mdApril 16, 2014

After a tough winter I came across shrubs planted in the median strip in Maryland. Foliage quality is great also no sign of salt damage considering they are close to highway.
Multi-stemmed shrubs perhaps 8X8' quite dense all the way to the ground. Can you name them? Will deer bother them?

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Looks very much like Prague viburnum, V. pragense. Shiny rich green above, silvery beneath, evergreen. Leaves are the right size, too.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 3:43PM
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I'll second that.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 4:11PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Praguense it is. It's a hybrid between V. rhytidophyllum and V. utile.

They handled this winter like troopers! Good to see them being planted more!

I've wondered how they might do limbed up as a standard, but I suspect the week branches would be pulled down by snow and ice.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 8:05AM
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viburnumvalley(z5/6 KY)

Absolutely that is Viburnum x pragense.

Weak branches? Bite your tongue.

The branches will have the exact same strength, whether your plant is single stemmed or multi-stemmed.

Go out on that limb...

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 11:46AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

vv: have you ever seen them limbed up as a standard?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 9:12AM
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So we're gonna call this Prague Viburnum, that's a new one for me. I see that it is a hybrid so am hoping it is sterile. Looks like a great shrub for screening, massing and no maintenance whatsoever.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 7:45PM
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