I have a Vib cotinifolium ready to plant but cant find all that much about it. Does anyone grow this Vib.? Does it need a cross polinator to produce berries? thanks bobby
I don't have this one in my collection of 125 taxa (yet), but I've seen it quite happy at the arboretum in Seattle (Washington Park, I think).
Like ALL viburnums, Viburnum cotinifolium will fruit better if cross-pollination is possible. That doesn't mean it will have NO fruit when planted alone - just that it will have a great propensity for greater fruit display if there is a non-identical plant with overlapping bloom time that can cross-pollinate with it.
You don't disclose where you are gardening. I have a good friend that grows about as many viburnums as I do, but in the much colder climate of exurban Chicago. He does have Viburnum cotinifolium growing quite happily. Maybe he will weigh in here...
Since it is one of the Asian viburnums, perhaps Viburnum dilatatum is a good candidate for over lapping blooms and cross pollination.
I checked Dirr's Viburnum book and he had very little to say about it except for size estimates and descriptions of foliage, flower and fruit; he says that it is not fragrant. He said it reminds him of V. lantana in appearance. A plant at JC Raulston Arboretum (NC)was damaged by cold in winter of 2003-04.
bobbygil gardens in North Georgia near me, which is why I mention Dirr's comment about the plant in NC.
Thanks..I got it from a big local garden sale and I asked if it needed something to cross polinate it and was told that it didnt. It was just something diferent I thought I might try...thanks bobby