Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn'
Dawn Bodnantense Viburnum
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous shrub, medium to large, 8-10 ft (2.4-3 m), upright. Leaves simple, opposite, narrow-ovate, 5-10 cm long, deeply veined, serrated margin, bronzy when emerging, but deep green later. Blooms in fall and winter after leaf fall. Fragrant pink flowers in 2.5-5 cm wide heads. Wet weather and frosts may limit flowering display. Branches often forced inside for a winter bouquet. Leaves opposite, simple, to 10 cm long, lanceolate to ovate-obovate, serrate. Sometimes produces fruit in late summer; ellipsoid, red and finally black.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 'Dawn' is the "type" of the hybrid, a cross of two Asiatic species, V. farreri and V. grandiflorum.
A few other cultivars:
- 'Charles Lamont' - dark pink flowers, flower cluster somewhat larger than 'Dawn'
- 'Deben' - stiff habit, 8-10 ft (2.4-3 m) tall, flowers whitish, turning red, slightly fragrant
- 'Pink Dawn' - upright habit, flowers pink, rose in the bud, fragrant, deeply veined leaves. Probably often sold as 'Dawn' and vice-versa.
- bodnantense: refers to Bodnant Gardens, North Wales, where the hybrid was raised in 1935.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: behind Dixon Lodge, near Jefferson Ave.