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Viburnum lantana, Wayfaring Tree

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The young stems can be used as a twine. This species is used as a rootstock for all forms of viburnums that require grafting.

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils but is ill-adapted for poor soils and for dry situations. Unlike most members of the genus, this species succeeds on dry soils. It prefers a deep rich moist loamy soil in sun or semi-shade, growing well on chalk and on chalky clays. Intolerant of water-logged soils. Best if given shade from the early morning sun in spring. Dislikes atmospheric pollution.

Plants regenerate well after cutting. This plant is a good indicator of limy soils. Tolerates light shade in a woodland.

Germination can be slow, sometimes taking more than 18 months. 

Requires 2 months warm then 3 months cold stratification and can still take 18 months to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame or greenhouse. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer of the following year.

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