Viburnum x juddii
Judd Viburnum
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Family: Moschatel family (Adoxaceae)
Native Habitat: of garden origin

The Judd Viburnum is a hybrid that resulted from a cross between Viburnum carlesi (Koreanspice Viburnum) and Viburnum bitchiuense. This work was done by William Judd at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston in 1920. It inherited the best features of both parents.

V. carlesi is an incredible plant due to one wonderful characteristic: it is an incredibly fragrant plant. Its spicy, clove-like fragrance can perfume the entire garden. However, some of its other characteristics are not so noteworthy. Its not the most adaptable shrub to grow and it can have problems with bacterial leaf spot and mildew. Fortunately, Judd solves those problems as well as having larger flower clusters and equally marvelous fragrance.

It is a delightful spring-flowering shrub that you should be sure to plant in a location where its heavenly fragrance can be fully appreciated. Planted near a walkway it will stop visitors in their tracks. You may have trouble getting them moving again to their original destination!


Ornamental Characteristics:
Pinkish buds open to white flowers in late April. Large flower clusters up to 3¼" across. Flowers have a strong, spicy, clove fragrance. Nice burgundy-purple to red fall color.
Habit & Growth Rate:
Deciduous shrub growing to 6 to 8 ft. high and wide after many years. Slow to medium growth rate.
Landscape Uses: Specimen or groups. Shrub borders, foundation plantings, hedges or screens. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 8.
Easily grown in average garden soil. Full sun to light shade. Established plants have good drought tolerance. Good resistance to bacterial leaf spot and powdery mildew.

Award of Garden Merit, Royal Horticultural Society