Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Pink Dawn viburnum

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is most noted for its floral displays during winter and early spring. Pink buds open to pale pink, highly fragrant flowers as early as December and often well into February. Cut branches in winter will force easily and it is lovely in winter bouquets. Plant it in mixed borders or informal screen plantings as it does grow fairly large. Cinnamon colored bark and yellow fall color add to the shrub’s interest.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established, but will flower better with occasional watering during very long dry spells

Seasonal Interest: fragrant flowers in mid-winter or early spring and autumn foliage color

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Plant it with shrubby companions Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’, Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata‘, Fatsia japonica and Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis; and perennials groundcovers like Hellebores, Pulmonarias ‘Benediction’ and longifolia ssp. Cevennensis and cyclamen.

Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
This tough shrub grows best in full sun but will tolerate light or open shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites or clay if the drainage is adequate. It is drought tolerant once established, but flowering will be more profuse if it receives occasional water during dry weather. Little pruning is needed to maintain an attractive plant.