'Sweet Talker' Fragrant Viburnum


 Welcome spring with sweet fragrance! Sweet Talker viburnum doesn't need the gift of gab to charm you: it does it all by being one of the very first shrubs to bloom in late winter/early spring. Look forward to hundreds of pink, trumpet-shaped flowers that emit a spicy honey scent, even in those first early days of spring sunshine. The rest of the year, enjoy very handsome leathery foliage that is ideal for landscaping around your home, gardens, or hedging. Foliage takes on dramatic purple-burgundy tones in cool weather. Sweet Talker viburnum was developed by legendary plant breeder Dr. Tom Ranney, who wanted to combine the beauty of early-blooming viburnums with the heat tolerance of less showy ones. 

Available in better garden centers in spring 2021.

Top reasons to grow Sweet Talker viburnum:

  • Early spring flowers are sweetly fragrant
  • Handsome evergreen foliage
  • Versatile habit for landscapes or hedging
Fragrant Flower
Fall Interest
Heat Tolerant


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Garden Height: 
 96 - 120 Inches
 36 - 60 Inches
 36 - 60 Inches
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Light Requirement: 
 Full Shade
 Part Shade to Shade
 Part Sun to Sun
 Sun or Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

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Blooms On: 
 Old Wood
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 Border Plant
 Cut Flower
 Good for Screening
 Mass Planting
 Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

Viburnums are often used in landscaping around homes and make a nice hedge.

Maintenance Notes: 

Viburnums are very low maintenance plants. They don't require regular pruning, though it's a good idea to remove very old stems each year after the plant has been established for several years, as old stems do not flower and fruit as abundantly as younger ones. If you wish to prune Sweet Talker viburnum, immediately after flowering is the best time to do that.

Plant in well-drained soil. Viburnums are quite shade tolerant, but habit, flowering, and fruiting will be best if the plant gets some sun. 

If desired, fertilize in early spring with a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer. 

Sweet Talker® Viburnum   'NCVX4' USPP 33,229