SUSPENSUM VIBURNUM Naples
Looking for shrubs for shade? Suspensum does fine in any light, and can be used as a hedge or even a large (3 feet tall) foundation plant. 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. These shrubs work with any style landscaping from tropical to formal landscaping.
Plant Specs: Suspensum grows at a slower moderate pace. These evergreen shrubs can get very big (huge, in fact) but you can keep them trimmed to a reasonable size. Suspensum 3 to 5 feet tall.
They're cold hardy plants, fine anywhere in South Florida including Zone 9B. Suspensum does well in sun or shade. 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 Suspensum 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