Are leaves supposed to drop off my viburnum bush?

by | Mar 29, 2010 | Resources, Market News, Ask Pahl's Market

I brought some viburnum bushes for a screen from my neighbors. I was told that they grow very fast. I were not expecting for the leaves to drop. I’m wondering if this is because it is the first year? I am also wondering what other bushes will compliment them? I’m thinking they’re not going to be very bushy or thick. I live in zone 5. 

Dear Jerri,
Your viburnum bushes are deciduous, which means they will drop their leaves each fall.  Their growth rate should increase after the first year.  Most shrubs and perennials will not grow significantly the first year they are planted, at least there won’t be much visible growth.  Instead the growth will be concentrated underground, establishing and expanding the root ball.  If you are looking for screening plants that will remain green all year you might consider using a few evergreens like arborvitae and juniper trees.  Another possibility would be an ornamental grass screen.  Many ornamental grasses will get 6-8 feet tall, especially in your zone 5 area. Be careful choosing your grasses, some are vigorous growers and may become invasive.  Either grass or evergreens will provide you with the screening you want and help accent the viburnums already planted.

Thanks for your question.


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  1. John Smallwood

    I live in south florida and my leaves are falling off my viburnums and it is just into May. they have been planted about 2 – 3 ago. is this normal ??

    • Chris Kaufenberg

      Hi John, your best bet would be to check with a local garden center in your area. We are located in Minnesota!


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