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Mohawk Viburnum ticks all the boxes. Part of our Added Definitions line, it’s everything you could want in a mid-sized screening plant or specimen. Flowers? Check. The white snowball blooms in spring are possibly the most deliciously fragrant of all Viburnums, too. Nice foliage? Check. The shiny, deep green leaves stay clean all summer. Fall color? Check. In autumn, the foliage turns blazing shades of orange, red, and gold. Use Mohawk singly as a focal point in an island bed or mixed border, or use a row of plants to create a dynamite seasonal privacy screen.
One of our favorite Viburnums, Mohawk was developed by legendary plantsman, the late Don Egolf of the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Egolf is also known for breeding an array of fantastic Crape Myrtles in the 1970s and ’80s, many of which are still popular today. He gave them American Indian tribe names, such as ‘Natchez’ and ‘Hopi’. His Viburnum selections—19 in all—have been as successful as his Crape Myrtles. They are named for Native American tribes, too. Egolf hybridized Mohawk in 1953. He patiently evaluated it, and it was finally ready to introduce to the public in 1966.
Mohawk Viburnum’s virtues have won it a Gold Medal Plant award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Only plants that are easy to grow, free from pests, and beautiful in multiple seasons have a chance of winning this prestigious prize.
How to Grow
Site Mohawk Viburnum in full sun for the greatest flower production. It blooms less in part shade but will grow happily there as well. Give it good, loamy soil if possible. It prefers rich soil, though this adaptable plant will accept most well-drained sites without complaint. Provide water on a weekly basis and mulch with wood chips, bark, or pine straw to conserve moisture and moderate temperatures in the root zone. An annual application of a balanced fertilizer such as Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer will promote healthy growth. Prune shortly after the flowers fade to avoid sacrificing the next year’s blooms.
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