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Re: Viburnum (Winterthur pollinators)

> From: kmrsy@comcast.net
> Viburnums, as a genus, fruit more prolifically when genetically
> dissimilar individuals of the same species are growing close
> ...ones (genetically identical, like 2 Viburnum nudum Winterthur)
> planted together do not lend to more prolific fruiting.

Kitty, what you posted is rather what I've understood about this
genus.  Even Pam Harper (plantswoman supreme and grower of many
woodies) says she'll never get a grasp of the sex life of Viburnums.

A few months ago, I was researching V. n. 'Winterthur' and came
across a discussion on Gardenweb....can't remember if it was the
shade or shrub forum....seemed quite knowledgeable folk and some
pollinators were suggested.  I saved some of that and, of course,
can't remember where I stashed it or what the consensus was, but a
search of gardenweb for 'Winterthur' would probably bring up the

I grow several Viburnum and only 'Erie' seems to set fruit and that
not abundantly tho' it does manage to seed a bit at its feet now and
again.  No idea who is being pollinator as I have no other V.
dilatatum...all catalog descriptions talk about berries on this clone
as a real feature.  Well, maybe with a magnifying glass every odd
year or so....I figure grow them for the flowers and form and forget
the fruit; if it happens, it's a bonus:-)

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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