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Sweet Talker® Viburnum

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 8 - 10 Feet
  • 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
Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Mature Height: 8 - 10 Feet
Mature Width: 3 - 5 Feet
Plant Spacing: 3 - 5 Feet
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Pink
Seasonal Interest: Spring
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Green
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
Tolerates: Heat
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
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Viburnum 'NCVX4' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

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

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • 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.

1 Review - Sweet Talker® Viburnum Show Reviews

  • 5
    Excellent plants!

    Posted by Lois H Yu on Oct 22nd 2021

    The plants arrived quickly and they were well-packaged and healthy. Your plant selection is very good too. Thank you!