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Shrub ID please

Posted by sam_md z7 MD (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 16, 14 at 15:20

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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RE: Shrub ID please

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

RE: Shrub ID please

I'll second that.

RE: Shrub ID please

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.

RE: Shrub ID please

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...

RE: Shrub ID please

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

RE: Shrub ID please

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.

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