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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Blog ImageMove over lilacs--you’ve been replaced. The spicy sweet scent of Judd viburnum (Viburnum x juddii) is sweep- you-off-your-feet intoxicating!

Prior to my time here at the Brenton Arboretum, I spent over 15 years designing landscapes in central Iowa. I was constantly searching (and still am) for fail-proof plants that looked great and performed well, according to my strict standards, and those of my clients. I am ruthless, so this list is short. It is constantly changing as I discover new cultivars and rediscover oldies but goodies. Judd viburnum has never let me down and remains on the list. I invite you to see Judd viburnum growing here at the Brenton Arboretum behind the office. While you’re here, check out the entire viburnum collection just down the hill from the pavilion. Right now is a good time as their blooms are about to peak.

Speaking of intoxicating…have you seen the crabapple collection lately? Some cultivars are so fragrant and lovely, while others are admired for their unique form. If you come this week, you will see this collection at its very best. It is stunning!

So get out to the Brenton Arboretum soon! You just may discover something that sweeps you off your feet.

Lynn Kuhn Executive Director

Blog History

9/13/2018 - Andy Schmitz, Director of Horticulture, Published in Prestigious Journal
3/24/2016 - Dallas County Foundation funds new Gator for Brenton Arboretum
2/15/2016 - The Best Tree You've Never Heard Of
7/1/2015 - Stormwater Walk
5/22/2015 - Historic Homes & Gardens of the Scottich Highlands Tour
12/15/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Southern Iowa Counties
10/24/2014 - 2014 Urban Tree Conference
8/25/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer
7/17/2014 - Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
5/7/2014 - INTOXICATING!
3/4/2014 - Plant Conservation at the Brenton Arboretum
2/18/2014 - Drought 2012 by Becky Strom
2/4/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Bremer and Wapello Counties
1/28/2014 - Drake University Contest
1/13/2014 - The Des Moines Register ‘s Editorial: Iowa needs to focus on ash tree disaster
1/13/2014 - Des Moines Register, Iowa View: 32,000 football fields of trees gone
1/4/2014 - Happy Holidays from the Brenton Arboretum!
1/3/2014 - Osage Orange
10/23/2013 - The Chiara Quartet
1/1/2010 - Kids Nature Club
1/1/2010 - Register for a FREE program!