Need a hedge in a hurry for a sunny area? Odoratissimum is the perfect choice. Their cold tolerance makes them ideal for worry-free winters and both make outstanding hedge or privacy plants.

These shrubs work with any style landscaping tropical, formal, you name it. They can be kept regularly manicured or only occasionally trimmed for a more rounded, natural look. Spaced correctly they'll stay full to the ground to create a dense wall of green.

Plant Care: Add top soil (or organic peat moss) and composted cow manure to the hole when you plant. Trim regularly if you want to keep your plants well-manicured or just occasionally for a naturally mounded look. Do a hard pruning in spring after the shrub has finished flowering.

Water on a regular basis, with enough time between waterings for the plant to dry out a bit. Odoratissimum is moderately drought-tolerant once it's well-established, though it looks better and stays healthier with regular irrigation. Fertilize 3 times a year (spring, summer, and autumn) with a quality granular fertiizer.

Plant Specs: Viburnum Odoratissimum is a fast grower. These evergreen shrubs can get very big (huge, in fact) but you can keep them trimmed to a reasonable size. Odoratissimum can be kept 4 to 6 feet tall. They're cold hardy plants, fine anywhere in South Florida including Zone 9B. Odoratissimum prefers full to part sun. The spring flowers are big clusters of tiny white blooms, pretty though not overly showy. These are said to be deer-resistant plants though we make no promises.

Plant Spacing: Place these plants 3 to 4 feet apart any closer and mature shrubs will eventually be fighting each other for a place in the sun and the base of the plants will be bare. For planting by the house, come out 4 feet (or more). Along a walk or drive, come in 4 or 5 feet. These plants can be container grown, though they can outgrow the pot in no time, so planting in the ground is preferable.

Landscape uses for Odoratissimum Viburnums:

Hedge or Backdrop for smaller plants
Accent for the corner of the house
Surrounding the trunks of tall palms
Large foundation plant or Along a blank wall
For privacy by a deck, patio or outside a pool cage
Camouflage shrubs for A/C or pool equipment
Lining a driveway or Fronting taller plants