- Partial Shade to Full Sun (3+ Hours Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 8 - 10 Feet
- Mature Width 3 - 5 Feet
- Growing Zones 7-8
If you’ve always wanted to up your garden’s early spring game with a fragrant viburnum, now is your chance. Sweet Talker, a new hybrid, offers gorgeous semi-evergreen/plum-tinted foliage, vibrant pink honey-scented flowers, all in an easy-care, fast-growing package. It’s easy-going in its light needs, happy to grow in anywhere from full sun to full shade. It’s uniquely heat-tolerant, so hot summers are not an issue for this Sweet Talker. It is taller than wide, averaging nine feet by four, so find it a place where you can enjoy a column of color and fragrance when you need it the most – on the heels of winter. Hear that? It’s asking to come home with you.
Sweet Talker was bred from Viburnum x bodnantense x V. suspensum by renowned breeder Tom Ranney at North Carolina State University. It’s known for being resistant to viburnum beetle resistant, reasonably tolerant to deer and rabbits, and highly salt tolerant. The green foliage is a standout when the flowers pass, with a handsome leathery texture that takes on plum highlights in cooler temperatures in both fall and spring. Hardy in zones 7 through 8, Sweet Talker would make a wonderful hedge or privacy screen, or could be a focal point as a small, vase-shaped tree, perhaps with a skirting of contrasting evergreen Carex, Black Mondo Grass, or spring bulbs. It also makes a fine cut flower, so you can enjoy that spicy-sweet fragrance on your table.
Sweet Talker® Viburnum Care
Viburnums are so easy, there’s very little to specify. While they and Sweet Talker specifically are shade tolerant, you’ll see the most intense bloom and full growth in fuller sun. They are heat tolerant, but regular watering is best, especially while getting established.
The only pruning needed is to remove the very oldest branches after the plant is established for several years to encourage robust-flowering new growth. The best time for pruning is right after blooming. If you’d like to fertilize, use a granular type made for roses and apply in early spring.
Sweet Talker® Viburnum Spacing
You can expect a spread anywhere from 36 to 60 inches across for Sweet Talker, so 45 to 60 inches would be appropriate.
Sweet Talker® Viburnum Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 7-8
|Plant Type: Shrub
|Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
|Mature Height: 8 - 10 Feet
|Mature Width: 3 - 5 Feet
|Mature Spacing: 3 - 5 Feet
|Flower Color(s): Pink
|Flower Description: Loose panicles of fragrant, pink, tubular flowers
|Bloom Period: Early spring
|Foliage Type: Evergreen
|Foliage Color(s): Green
|Foliage Description: Glossy, elliptic-ovate leaves
|Seasonal Interest: Spring
|Resists: Deer, rabbit, disease, pest/insects
|Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, hummingbirds
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
|Uses: Border Plant Cut Flower Good for Screening Landscape Mass Planting Specimen or Focal Point
|Brand: Proven Winners
|Botanical/Scientific Name: Viburnum 'NCVX4' USPPAF, Can PBRAF
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.