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Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' | Arrowwood 'Dawn' - 10-20cm - 3lt

Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' | Arrowwood 'Dawn' - 10-20cm - 3lt

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Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' is a captivating deciduous shrub that belongs to the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. Renowned for its stunning winter blooms and delightful fragrance, it adds a touch of elegance to any garden or landscape. Originating from the Bodnant Garden in Wales, this cultivar has gained popularity worldwide for its beauty and resilience.

The 'Dawn' variety is characterized by its upright, spreading habit, reaching an average height of 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 meters) and a similar spread. Its branches are adorned with lush, dark green leaves that provide an attractive backdrop throughout the growing season. However, it is during the winter months that this shrub truly shines.

From late autumn to early spring, when most other plants lie dormant, Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' bursts into life with an explosion of fragrant, pink blossoms. The flower clusters, composed of numerous tubular-shaped blooms, emerge from the bare branches, creating a striking contrast against the winter landscape. These flowers gradually fade to a pale pink as they age, but their fragrance remains intoxicating.

The scent emitted by 'Dawn' is often described as sweet, spicy, and reminiscent of cloves or vanilla. It has a strong allure that attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of the surrounding environment. Furthermore, the winter flowers make excellent cut flowers, providing a delightful fragrance and a pop of color indoors.

Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' thrives in a variety of soil types, preferring moist, well-draining conditions. It flourishes in full sun to partial shade, although it tends to produce more abundant blooms in areas with ample sunlight. This shrub is relatively low-maintenance and requires minimal pruning, usually limited to the removal of dead or damaged wood.

As a winter-flowering shrub, Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn' brings a touch of beauty and vitality to the garden during the coldest months. Its hardiness and adaptability, coupled with its enchanting fragrance and showy blooms, make it a cherished addition to any landscape. Whether used as a focal point, a hedgerow, or part of a mixed border, 'Dawn' is sure to captivate and delight garden enthusiasts throughout the seasons.

  • Common Name

    Arrowwood 'Dawn'

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  • Native To

    Bodnant Garden, Wales, UK

  • Flower

    Fragrant, pink winter blossoms.

  • Foliage

    Lush, dark green foliage.

  • Maturation period

    3-4 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


Full sun to partial shade. Thrives in ample sunlight

Soil Type

loam, sandy soil, or clay, slightly acidic to neutral (6-7)

Soil moisture

moist but well-draining

Growing Period


late autumn to early spring.


spring to autumn



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