The Coppertop Sweet Viburnum is a brilliant, bold, and beautiful new ornamental shrub from the Southern Living Plant Collection! It features glossy dark maroon-red new growth that fades to copper and then olive green over the season. Therefore, it sports a multi-toned appearance throughout much of the season. Furthermore, it also produces small white flower clusters with a light fragrance in spring.
It grows naturally upright with a bushy form and reaches 8-10 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide at maturity. Its foliage is surprisingly compact and dense, without any pruning. Therefore, this is a notably low-maintenance addition to your landscape.
It’s perfect for a trimmed hedge, privacy screen, mass planting, or even as a specimen.
This selection is great for the south, thanks to its impressive heat and drought tolerance.
Coppertop Sweet Viburnum Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 8-10, down to 10°F when fully established.
Plant in Full Sun for ideal foliage growth and color.
Water 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. More water may be needed during the Summer in times of extreme heat and/or drought.
Prefers average garden soil with good drainage.
Fertilize with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in spring to encourage new growth and the overall health of your plant.
How To Plant
- First, determine your planting location(s) for your Coppertop Sweet Viburnum based on the planting requirements listed above.
- Then, dig a hole that’s about three times the width of your plant’s rootball.
- The hole needs to be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with or slightly above the ground.
- Mix your native soil with a bag or two of rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your growing plant.
- If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1. This helps to improve the drainage and breathability around the plant’s roots.
- Fill the hole back in around your plant with your soil mixture.
- Afterward, we recommend applying 3-4 inches of wood mulch around the base of your plant to help it retain moisture.
- Soak your new planting to settle the soil and hydrate your plant.
- This is a good time to fertilize your new plant as well. If planting in spring or early fall, use a balanced slow-release fertilizer. If you’re planting in summer or mid-fall, we recommend a rooting fertilizer.
Spacing Recommendations for the Coppertop Sweet Viburnum
For a seamless planting, plant your plants 3-4 feet apart. For space between each, plant over 6 feet apart.
Popular Companion Plants
- Try it alongside other Southern Living Plant Collection evergreen shrubs that grow well in similar growing conditions, such as the Sunshine Ligustrum, Jubilation Gardenia, and Purple Diamond Loropetalum.
- Plant it with other selections in its species, such as the Chinese Snowball Viburnum or Snow Joey Viburnum, in a mixed garden bed or foundation planting.
- Use it as a trimmed hedge? Border it with some perennials such as Agapanthus or Gerbera Daisy plants.
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