Viburnum Eskimo in our Courtyard
The most striking of the Viburnums in our garden is Viburnum Eskimo. I have to add, only when in bloom!
The flower buds started to appear in mid Winter and opened fully in early May. I have never seen a Viburnum quite like this one.
This is the second season for Eskimo in this border, flowering very freely with snowball blooms which give the small shrub an artificial appearance. The flowers are lightly scented.
Viburnum erubescens Eskimo is semi-evergreen, and yes it did hang on to some of the leaves in Winter. Although quite stunning when in flower, the rest of the year in our garden it was sparse in leaf and twiggy looking.
Verdict ! For the show it gives in April/May its going nowhere.
Plant details for Viburnum Eskimo
This compact shrub is semi evergreen with an abundance of flowers in Spring.
Fully hardy in the UK
Height and width
This slow growing shrub in the UK will likely take ten years to grow to a height of 5ft/152cm, with a similar width
Leaves and flowers
The small ovate semi evergreen leaves are nothing to write home about. On the other hand the blooms are something else. Snowy white, lightly scented and covering the shrub in late April and May
Position and soil
Position your Viburnum in full sun or a lightly shaded spot in the garden. Soil should be moist and free draining acidic /neutral. The compact habit of Eskimo makes it ideal for pot growing, mix equal parts of garden soil with a good quality garden compost. Keep well watered especially in those hot Summer days.
This compact shrub is unlikely to require pruning for several years. If you do want to prune out any wayward branches or to keep the height restricted, prune as soon as the flowers go over.
RHS award of garden merit
Yesterday morning I decided to plant a (tree Prunus autumnalis rosea) in the position where Viburnum Eskimo was. Whilst potting up the viburnum I noticed that after eighteen months the shrub had made no new root growth. The root ball had been covered in a tight netting which I had not noticed when planting. I removed the netting and potted it up, perhaps this explains the miserable review I have given on the foliage of this shrub. I will add an update for Viburnum erubescens Eskimo at some point.
The garden in early December, as expected is looking rather weary. Still no snow or frost as yet, but the wind chill at times makes it feel below zero.