Conundrum: Snowball Viburnum

Do I keep, chop or transplant this snowball viburnum? I don’t know if this shrub belongs in my edible garden.

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It’s in an area that I want to cover with vegetable beds, being the sunniest spot all day and year-round. It’s deciduous and flowers fairly briefly at this time of the year. I have no idea if it’s beneficial in any way. I haven’t inspected it for bugs. And I don’t know if it has any uses.

But I love it’s cooling green flowers that mature to white. Is it a cutting flower?

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It looks lush in this dry landscape. And it requires no attention. I’ve not watered it once in 18 months. It made me happy standing guard next to the garlic last night at dusk. I noticed it has a thick, sweet scent.

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I shudder at the thought of digging out another stump but I imagine the former owner of this house would have cherished this shrub and I’d like to keep it somehow. Are they easily transplanted? Maybe some kind soul will let me know.

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3 thoughts on “Conundrum: Snowball Viburnum

  1. We had one in our garden when I was a child. I always liked it. If it’s deciduous, it will contribute to the mulch and let light into the understorey during winter while providing shade in summer. If it attracts bees, it’s valuable. You could try cuttings rather than shift it somewhere else, in any case I would never bother to dig up the stump and roots (too hard!). I just cut things off at ground level and the base eventually rots away. The roots will rot away and leave drainage channels for water to penetrate. If it re-sprouts, just break off the growths and it will eventually give up.

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    • Hi FoodnStuff, do you think it will compete too much for water etc if I plant vegies around it? I don’t know what the root system is like. But cuttings are a good idea – I’m attempting cuttings now, so I should add some from this to the greenhouse. It’s obviously frost and drought hardy and thrives in this area so it seems sensible to use/keep it. Cheers, Emily

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      • Most perennials have deep root systems and annuals, like lettuce and most other veggies, have shallow root systems, so competition shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It’s so attractive when in flower it could be a central feature of the veggie bed. Imagine it growing above a massed bed of all those colourful lettuce varieties! It would give them a bit of shade in summer, too. Worth trying, anyway.

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