One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, January 22, 2010
Viburnum farreri, Fragrant Viburnum
Betty came in yesterday, Thursday. She's the first Thursday volunteer I've seen since I got back from Florida. It's been a fairly cold winter. We walked through the collection and noticed this Viburnum flowering at the entrance to China Valley. Despite its common name, I was unable to detect any fragrance. Just like last year. Still, my motto is, "flowers in mid-winter are a good thing!" V. farreri is one of the parents of V x 'Dawn'. Dawn is a plant similar in appearance and quite fragrant. It's an old hybrid, dating from the mid 1930s and isn't seen much anymore. V. x 'Mohawk', an Arboretum release and a burkwood, is a more compact, more floriferous plant with a wonderful fragrance.