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Non flowering Viburnum

I have had, in my garden, a healthy looking Viburnum tinus, for the past 4 years. Not once has it showed even the faintest incanation to flower. I have not cut back into the stems,as I know they flower on old wood.I have given it fish,blood and bone. Weeded carefully around it....but still not a bud. can anyone help please?



  • They flower on growth produced during the previous summer, so any late shearing over after about June time may well remove any potential flowering growth. Have you trimmed it a bit too late?


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,268

    Why not try leaving it totally unpruned this year and see what happens?  I've never known one not to flower, even in shade.

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Never pruned it yet. I moved it 2 years ago from quite deep shade to it's present position ,which is in dappled shade in the afternoon, but fairly sunny AM. It has grown and looks healthy.. but alas!

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,268

    Hmmm.  Bit stumped, Ann... you could try threatening it...

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Set the Tortoise on it in Spring!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    I'd swear at it...image image

    They sometimes take a while to settle in, especially if they've been small at the time of planting, but that does seem a very long time!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,268


    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • I would not feed it again as they can switch to putting on vegetative growth if they get too much nitrogen.  Does it get lots of sun?

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Not a vast amount. All afternoon in summer it is in the dappled shade of a Betula Youngii, which waves her skirts around in the breeze,  In the morning, the sun has an easier passage, but the sun is never really hot there. An Acer palmatum grows quite near and a Rambling Rector Rose. Guess I will just let it do it's thing and enjoy the leaves. They do give a good background to the primulas planted there. Thankyou for all the advise.

  • Just had a thought . . . any chance of a picture, showing new stems and close-up of the leaf? 


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