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Viburnums: Flowering Shrubs for Every Season

By Michael A. Dirr

It's like having one of the country's top horticulture professors right in the living room.

Indianapolis Star

With their abundance of flower, handsome foliage, robust constitution, and frequently stunning fruits, viburnums are among the most beautiful and versatile hardy shrubs available to gardeners. Yet despite these outstanding qualities, there has never been an entire volume devoted to them – until now. In this definitive, comprehensive, generously illustrated guide, internationally renowned woody plant expert Michael Dirr provides a wealth of information about every species and cultivar worthy of horticultural consideration. Dirr details each plant's height, spread, foliage, habit, floral characteristics, fruits, special traits such as fragrance or attractive bark, hardiness, origin, cultural needs, and overall garden appeal. These finely judged appraisals make it easy for the gardener or designer to choose the right plant for the right situation.

Awards for this book: American Horticultural Society Book Award

Media reviews

"A complete and informative monograph on one of the most used and beloved genera of garden shrubs, written in a concise and incredibly well researched format."

—Andrew Bunting, American Gardener

"I'm thinking a lot about viburnums these days. ... It comes to mind because Dirr is once more championing a plant that serves so many roles and yet remains underused and undervalued."

—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

"Michael Dirr's freely admitted 'unbridled passion' shines through the conversational narrative, personalizing his lifelong connection to this underused, underappreciated garden stalwart. A definitive guidebook destined to become the bible for serious botanists and homegrown horticulturists alike."

—Carol Haggas, Booklist

"Thoughtfully produced and beautifully illustrated. ... Excellent color photos are provided for each plant described."

—Shannon Hendrickson, SciTech Book News

"Dirr gives readers that in-the-garden reality check."

—Susan Harris, Garden Rant

"Whether you're looking for fall color, fruit, fragrance, or blossom size, you'll discover the viburnum's range through Dirr's experience. ... He has observed, touched, sniffed, collected, photographed, and made copious notes on the majority of the listed species and cultivars."

—Jean Starr, Northwest Indiana Times

"A must-have for the viburnum geek, and I know there are plenty out there."

—Elizabeth Licata, Garden Rant

"This book was worth waiting for. The photos and illustrations are beautiful and the narrative thoughtful. It's like having one of the country's top horticulture professors right in the living room."

—Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star

"When you pick up Michael Dirr's book you'll wonder why there aren't more books on these most garden-worthy shrubs. At least if there's just a single book devoted to viburnums, it's brand new and written by a renowned plantsman."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"An excellent reference guide for homeowners and professionals who want to grow more well-behaved shrubs in their garden."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A book that will not only be eagerly read, it will also be carried to nurseries ... as an aide in selecting the perfect viburnum to enhance a landscape. ... Lovely color drawings add to the warm and personal feel of the book."

—Kathy Schlosser, Native Plant News

"A must-have for the viburnum geek and I know there are plenty out there."

—Elizabeth Licata, GardenRant.com

"The first book devoted entirely to this remarkably diverse genus. It is as comprehensive and authoritative as you would expect from this renowned expert."

—Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

About the author

Michael A. Dirr

Michael A. Dirr, professor emeritus, horticulture, University of Georgia, is widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts on trees and shrubs for landscapes and gardens. He holds BS and MS degrees in horticulture from The Ohio State University and the Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. Dirr has introduced over 200 woody plants to cultivation and holds 29 patents with the UGA Research Foundation. With two partners, he established Plant Introductions, Inc., a breeding and introduction company in 2006, selling it to Bailey Nurseries in 2015. Dirr continues to work in lockstep with the American nursery industry to introduce and promote new trees and shrubs.

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