This simple trait called ‘compacta’ is found in many types of trees and shrubs. We found this trait in a few plants of this Viburnum trilobum selection found in Michigan (about 1 in a 1000) where the shrubs produce fruits all along the branches as well as the tips. The seedlings tend to flower at a younger age than others we have grown. This is a good one to experiment with to get higher yields compared to other named selections that fruit on the tips of the plant most of the time. Also some named selections are low in fruit yields and selection for other ornamental characteristics. This selection was originally grown from wild collected seeds in Michigan and not from a cultivated selection or named variety.
To germinate the seeds: Like other Viburnums sprouts in the fall. Needs one cold dormancy to start the process. Fall-cold moist 90-120 days,cold and moist, Summer -warm and moist. Seeds begin putting down roots, Fall-Roots are all the way down now. Spring again-Tops emerge. Life has just begun. Plant ¼ inch deep. This selection always has solid seeds.
|Genus & Species||Viburnum trilobum|
|Pollination Requirements||Self fertile as far as we know but may benefit in additional selections nearby or 2 plants of itself.|
|Soil||Loam, clay, sand. Even somewhat wet. Adaptable.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Patience is needed for the germination, but once planted correctly it is likely to come up.|