In Flower Now – Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is probably the most widely planted of its group. It is already in flower which will last throughout the winter depending on the severity of the weather. The flowers start pink, fade to white and have a striking scent. It makes an upright, deciduous bush up to 10 feet tall and will grow in most soils. It is best planted against a background such as an evergreen that will show off the flowers and near a path to appreciate the scent. It is vigorous enough to stand cutting for indoor decoration where the scent will fill a room.
The cross was first made at Edinburgh Botanics in the 1930s between the species V. farreri and V. grandiflorum by Charles Lamont. It was repeated at Bodant in North Wales where ‘Dawn’ was the first hybrid to be named. ‘Charles Lamont’ has brighter pink flowers while ‘Deben’ has pink buds with flowers that are white.