The Chronicle

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Vibur­num da­vidii

- Gardening · Hobbies

THERE aren’t many com­pact ev­er­green shrubs whose peak season of in­ter­est is in winter, but Vibur­num da­vidii fits the bill per­fectly. A neat dome-shaped plant, its shiny, dark-green, leath­ery look­ing oval leaves are pat­terned with deep par­al­lel veins.

In late au­tumn and winter the tip of each stem is crowned with a gen­er­ous clus­ter of bright turquoise berries, which stand out bril­liantly against the back­ground of fo­liage. It’s eas­ily grown in the gar­den too – give it fer­tile, rea­son­ably well-drained soil with plenty of or­ganic mat­ter, and it’s happy in sun or light shade.

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