28 March 2009

Judd Viburnum

The viburnum is blooming, a sure sign of spring. We've two of these shrubs on a small terraced like mound flanking the upper and eastern property line along Amber.

This year there are abundant multiple clusters of blossoms. Each cluster, called a cyme, is the size of an infant's fist and is comprised of multiple small five-petal blossoms. Each bud is deep pink and blossoms out to a velvety white.

The fragrance is an erotic perfume of that wafts through the air, to strike my senses at odd and unexpected moments. The aroma is intoxicating, caresses, and lingers upon the body. Up close the fragrance is as strong and elusive but loses its lingering subtlety. Near or afar the effect is momentary intoxication.

From a description of the shrub and blossom I've learned my viburnum is a judd viburnum, viburnum x juddii. It says,
judd is a rounded deciduous viburnum shrub with dark green leaves that sometimes turn red in autumn. Its pink flower buds open to reveal strongly fragrant white snowball-like flowers with just a degree of pink. Matures to a height of 4' by 5' feet width.
This particular variety is imported from the east; I've read north american viburnum have little or no fragrance. Years ago when we first moved here the shrub was overgrown to my eye. I cut it back. We have two. The one now in bloom, pictured above, always blossoms first. The more southerly of the two is the late bloomer.

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